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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, November 18, 2013

New Mexico: House Bill 77 Resurges

Not satisfied with waiting until the 2014 session of the New Mexico Legislature – which begins in just ...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Florida Alert: What Can Happen Under So-Called "Universal" Background Checks

If you know anyone who is misinformed enough to support so-called "universal background checks", please show them this ...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nevada: New York-Style Gun Control Bill Heading to Governor for his Consideration

For most of the session, Senate Bill 221 was stalled in the state legislature.  Anti-gun New York City ...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Minnesota: Anti-Gun Bill Moving Forward Unless Your State Representative Hears from You!

An anti-gun bill that will criminalize the private transfer of handguns and certain semi-automatic rifles at gun shows ...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Washington: Act Now! Special Session to Consider Gun Control Measures Under Consideration

On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee (D) announced the likelihood of a special legislative session to be called after ...

Friday, April 12, 2013

Delaware: Senate Ignores Procedure in Rush to Pass Markell Anti-Gun Legislation

House Bill 35, legislation to criminalize private transfers of firearms, has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee ...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Connecticut: Most Restrictive Gun Control Bill in the Nation to be Voted on Tomorrow

For the past several months, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-28) and House Minority Leader Larry Cafero (R-142) ...

Washington Post  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Obama's continued use of the claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack background checks

Two months ago, we were willing to cut the White House some slack given the paucity of recent ...


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Vulnerable senators face lose-lose scenario on "assault weapon" vote

The Senate’s upcoming vote on the assault weapons ban is going to put vulnerable Democrats in a difficult ...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Alert: List of Florida Gun Bills and Summaries

A list of the major gun bills that we are currently dealing on for the 2013 Florida legislative ...


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.