Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Private Gun Sale Bans Remain Centerpiece of Federal Anti-Gun Agenda

Friday, February 8, 2013

As we reported last week, while banning guns and magazines is being actively promoted by the anti-gunners (as evidenced by introduction of Sen. Feinstein's S. 150), the criminalization of private firearm transfers is the centerpiece of their anti-Second Amendment efforts.  This is part of a strategy to chip away at our Second Amendment rights under the guise of being "reasonable."  It's the old, "if you tell a lie long enough, people will believe it" ruse. 

But if you understand exactly what the anti-gunners are really talking about, you'll understand that the restrictions they're proposing are anything but reasonable.

While we don't know the final form this legislation will take, these checks no doubt would require background checks for firearm transfers between lifelong friends, and maybe even between family members.  It would also be a step toward national gun registration.   "Universal" background checks are background checks on EVERY transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental, and loan of a firearm between any and all individuals, minus whatever exceptions our opponents will stand for.

And where and how would these personal checks be done?  Who knows?  Would you have to drive to some government office at the state capital?  Or travel several hours to the government-approved, federally licensed dealer in another part of your state?  What happens when the instant check system isn't functioning?  How will the government monitor and enforce these checks?  Obviously, this proposal raises more questions than it answers.

Furthermore, "universal" background checks are unnecessary.

It is already a federal felony to be engaged in the business of buying and selling firearms without having a federal dealer's license.  It is already a crime for a federally licensed dealer to sell a gun without doing a background check, and it is already a federal felony to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to a person you know or should know is not legally allowed to own, purchase or possess a firearm.

NRA does NOT support "universal" background checks and will continue to oppose, "universal" background checks and registration schemes. We do believe that records of those who are prohibited by law from purchasing firearms (including those whose mental health history puts them in this category) ought to be included in the federal instant check system.

Please continue to contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to oppose "universal" background check legislation AND S. 150, Sen. Feinstein's gun and magazine ban.  To identify and contact your elected officials in Washington, D.C., use the "Write Your Reps" feature at www.NRAILA.org, or you can reach your member of Congress by phone at 202-224-3121.

TRENDING NOW
Hunter Biden Incident Shows that Gun Laws are for the Little People

News  

Monday, April 5, 2021

Hunter Biden Incident Shows that Gun Laws are for the Little People

There is a central hypocrisy at the heart of the gun control effort.

South Carolina House Passes Constitutional Carry

Friday, April 9, 2021

South Carolina House Passes Constitutional Carry

Yesterday, the House voted to pass House Bill 3096 on third reading. It has been sent to the Senate for further consideration.

U.S. House Bows to Biden, Passes Legislation to Cancel Your RIGHT to Obtain a Firearm

News  

Monday, March 15, 2021

U.S. House Bows to Biden, Passes Legislation to Cancel Your RIGHT to Obtain a Firearm

The U.S. House Representatives, with the urging and support of Joe Biden, passed two bills on Thursday – H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 – that would usher in a sweeping overhaul of how firearms are bought and sold in ...

South Carolina: Constitutional Carry Passes Critical Vote

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

South Carolina: Constitutional Carry Passes Critical Vote

Today, the House voted 69-47 to advance House Bill 3096 after second reading. This clears the way for H. 3096 to receive a third reading tomorrow, where the House can vote to pass it.

ATF Withdraws Pistol Brace “Guidance”

News  

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

ATF Withdraws Pistol Brace “Guidance”

On December 23rd, ATF posted a document to its website indicating that its recently published Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces” is withdrawn.

West Virginia: Gov. Justice Signs Two Pro-Gun Bills

Friday, April 9, 2021

West Virginia: Gov. Justice Signs Two Pro-Gun Bills

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed House Bill 2499, to exempt firearms and ammunition from state sales and use taxes, and House Bill 2793, to create the option of a nonresident West Virginia concealed carry permit. ...

BATFE Leadership Push Biden to Target Pistol Stabilizing Braces and Unfinished Receivers

News  

Monday, November 16, 2020

BATFE Leadership Push Biden to Target Pistol Stabilizing Braces and Unfinished Receivers

Just in case anyone needed further proof that much of the federal bureaucracy is more interested in serving themselves and left-wing political interests than public service, news broke this week that rogue elements of Bureau ...

NRA-backed Constitutional Carry Signed in Tennessee

News  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

NRA-backed Constitutional Carry Signed in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee signs NRA-backed constitutional carry bill to advance the self-defense rights of all Tennessee gun owners. 

NRA Opposes David Chipman for ATF Director

News  

Friday, April 9, 2021

NRA Opposes David Chipman for ATF Director

During a press conference on Thursday, President Biden announced that he would once again be targeting law-abiding gun owners by ordering ATF to develop two new restrictive regulations. Aiming to accessorize the Department of Justice’s ...

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Bills Pass

Thursday, April 8, 2021

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Bills Pass

Yesterday, the House of Delegates promptly voted 87-0 to concur with the Senate amendments to House Bill 2793. It now goes to Governor Jim Justice’s desk for his signature.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.