This week, the House will vote on the most extensive gun legislation in years and Republicans are speaking out on the issues they see with the bills.
If bills HR 8 and HR 1112 are passed, they would require a background check for almost every firearm purchase and a ten-day waiting period for the sale of firearms. One main criticism that Republicans have for the bills is that there is no way to effectively enforce these laws without a national gun registry.
“These bills turn law-abiding citizens into criminals and it is one more step towards federalized gun registration and ultimately gun confiscation,” Minority Whip Steve Scalise said during a rally on Wednesday. “That’s been the intention of many [Democrats] for a long time — they want true gun control and this is the first step — it’s surely not the last.”
Representative Doug Collins also spoke out against the legislation, saying that they are preying on the vulnerability of victims by proposing a bill that won’t work.
“HR 8 is taking the fears and concerns of a nation over gun violence and perpetrating a fraud upon them. [Democrats are] preying upon the very victims that they’re wanting to supposedly help by putting a bill out there that will not help them, by constantly bringing up the mass violence instances such as at schools and theaters and others — they’re saying this will help.”
Although the universal background checks bill is called the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, many Republicans are expected to vote against it due to similar legislation being found not to work in the past.
“The problem with this bill and they [Democrats] just exposed it to themselves, is the Obama administration’s Department of Justice said, ‘If you’re going to at least try universal background checks, you have to have a registry,’” Collins said.
Representative Matt Gaetz said that the only people this legislation would affect would be law-abiding citizens, but Democrats are not attempting to focus on the root of the issue.
“This isn’t really about public safety,” Gaetz said. “It’s about blood lust that Democrats have to take away guns from law-abiding citizens.”