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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 26, No. 7 2/15/2019

H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  NEWS  
H.R. 8 Markup: Liberal Democrats Markup Gun Control Legislation
The Nancy Pelosi Speaker Era 2.0 continued on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a markup of H.R 8, the “universal” background checks bill, in the House Judiciary Committee. Following on the heels of last week’s Judiciary Committee hearing, the same committee held a markup on Wednesday, where amendments and corrections to H.R. 8 could be considered. Unfortunately, the markup was clearly designed to allow the anti-gun Democrats who control the Judiciary Committee to grandstand and promote attacks on law-abiding gun owners, rather than consider efforts to combat violent crime.
Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales
NEWS  
Turning a Right into a Privilege: HR 1112 Gives Feds Unfettered Power to Block Gun Sales
H.R. 8, which would criminalize the private transfer of firearms, has received significant attention from the gun rights community. However, H.R. 1112, which purportedly targets the inappropriately-named “Charleston loophole,” is just as insidious an attack on gun owners. Both bills were passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.   H.R. 1112 would eliminate the 3-day safety-valve provision under the federal firearms background check system that prevents the government from enacting an indefinite delay of firearm purchases for law-abiding Americans.  All Federal Firearms Licensees (gun dealers) are required to conduct a background check on prospective purchasers to determine if transferring the firearm would violate state or federal law. Under current law, if an FFL initiates a background check, but does not receive a determination from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System within three business days, the FFL may proceed with the firearms transfer. After the three-day window, FBI continues to research the matter that gave rise to an individual’s delay for 90 days after the check was initiated. If it is later determined that the person is prohibited from possessing firearms, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is notified and tasked with retrieving the firearm.
Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland
NEWS  
Polls: No Lasting Support for Gun Control One Year After Parkland
Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the terrible crimes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It was a somber occasion, but some media outlets couldn’t contain their glee this week that last year’s horror might finally advance the anti-gun agenda. A CNN headlined heralded “A new era on guns.” “After Parkland, everything is different,” Salon gushed.
Another Study Blames Guns, Excludes Reality
NEWS  
Another Study Blames Guns, Excludes Reality
A study published in Preventative Medicine by Yu Lu and Jeff R. Temple concludes that “the majority of mental health symptoms examined were not related to gun violence. Instead, access to firearms was the primary culprit.”

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Arizona Arizona
Arizona: Committee to Hear School Pick-up/Drop-off Bill
Illinois Illinois
Illinois: Gun Tax Legislation Introduced
Indiana Indiana
Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate
Iowa Iowa
Iowa: Subcommittee Passes Constitutional Carry
Kentucky Kentucky
Kentucky: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry; On to the House
Missouri Missouri
Missouri: HB 643, Self-Defense on Public Transit, Referred to Committee
New Mexico New Mexico
New Mexico: Chambers Trade Legislation to Criminalize Private Firearm Transfers
Oklahoma Oklahoma
Oklahoma: House Overwhelmingly Passes Constitutional Carry Legislation
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