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"Universal" Background Check Legislation Targets Law-Abiding Gun Owners for Persecution

Deceptively marketed to the public as a way to keep guns from dangerous people, "universal" background check legislation is instead a broadside against lawful firearm ownership in America, setting cruel traps for common and innocent firearm-related conduct and banning an entire class of law-abiding adults from certain gun purchases.



So-Called "Universal" Background Checks

Won't Stop Criminals from Obtaining Guns

Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law. And neither H.R. 8 nor S. 42 will force them to follow the law. Even anti-gun researchers have admitted that "universal" background checks are ineffective. 

Criminalize Private Transfers and Loans Between Friends and Family

H.R. 8 and S. 42 would make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners for simply loaning a firearm to a friend or some family members.

Are Unenforceable 

"Universal" Background Checks are not universal because criminals will never comply with legal requirements. According to the National Institute of Justice, "Universal" Background Checks are unenforceable without requiring complete gun registration.

“H.R. 8 is a non-starter for the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring the proven solution for reducing violent crime: focusing on violent criminals.

— Jason Ouimet, NRA-ILA Executive Director

Tell members of Congress to oppose "Universal" Background Check Legislation H.R. 8!

Members of the media, U.S. Congress, and anti-gun groups continue to mislead the public on so-called "Universal" Background Checks. Find out what they're claiming and then find out the truth.

Learn more about the legislation and why H.R. 8 is bad for America. 


Monday, May 12, 2014

Washington: Anti-Gun Group to Hold Panel and Take Public Questions

Tonight, a state anti-gun group called Washington Ceasefire will be holding a “gun reform” panel where the public is invited ...

Gun control lobby continues to ignore the facts about background checks


Friday, March 7, 2014

Gun control lobby continues to ignore the facts about background checks

The Brady Campaign’s recent report that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has “stopped more than ...

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Mexico: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die – No Gun Control Passed

As we reported in our previous alerts, anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo) had pre-filed House Bill 44, legislation ...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Iowa: Egregious Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in State Senate

Last week, state Senator Joe Bolkcom (D-43) introduced an egregious anti-gun bill which seeks to impose “universal” background ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Defeated on House Floor

After a flurry of floor votes that included division votes and recorded roll call votes, the New Hampshire ...

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Goes to House Floor this Wednesday

This Wednesday, February 12, your state Representative(s) could be the deciding vote on whether anti-gun legislation House Bill ...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Amended in House Committee

Yesterday, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee reported an amended version of House Bill 1589 by ...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Colorado: Second Amendment Legislation to be Heard in Senate and House Committees

Despite the efforts of our members who called committee members and showed up in Denver to speak, Senate ...

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Hampshire: “Universal” Background Check Bill Re-Scheduled in House Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 4, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee has again scheduled an executive session for ...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action in Richmond This Week

Yesterday, the House Courts of Justice Criminal Law Subcommittee reported House Bill 43 by a 7-3 vote.  Sponsored by pro-gun Delegate ...


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.