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The Democrat-led House on Thursday passed a gun control bill to expand background checks with a vote of 227-203.
Eight Republican lawmakers voted with the Democrats to pass the “Background Checks Act,” which prohibits private firearms transfers without having a background check.
Below are the 8 Republicans who voted with Democrats:
Vern Buchanan (FL)
Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)
Maria Salazar (FL)
Andrew Garbarino (NY)
Chris Smith (NJ)
Fred Upton (MI)
Carlos Gimenez (FL)
Adam Kinzinger (IL)
Maine Rep. Jared Golden was the one Democrat who voted against the bill.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
The House separately voted to extend the window for background checks to 10 days from three days, giving law-enforcement authorities more time to vet individuals before they can buy guns. The vote was 219-210, also mostly along party lines, with two Republicans voting in favor and two Democrats against.
Both gun measures passed the House in 2019, after Democrats regained control of the chamber in the midterm elections, but languished in the Senate when then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) declined to schedule votes.
The legislation’s prospects in the now Democratic-controlled Senate are uncertain, but the effort could provide more momentum to the party’s effort to change the rules in the closely divided chamber to make it easier to pass bills.
Republicans are warning the gun bills would impose bureaucratic burdens on law-abiding gun owners without addressing the avenues through which guns fall into the hands of people who misuse weapons.
“This bill creates a de facto gun registry by involving the federal government in every gun transfer, including private transfers and gifts, or else how will we enforce these requirements?” said Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Good.
“For my Democrat friends who suggest that conservatives and gun owners are paranoid about a national registry, you bet we are,” Good added.
The National Rifle Association denounced the House action on Thursday and argued Congress instead should be approving gun rights measures.
“These bills are a transparent attempt by gun control advocates in Congress to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans under the guise of addressing the violent criminal culture in America,” Jason Ouimet, head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a written statement.
Democrats, of course, are all-in on the bill.
“The gun violence crisis in America is a challenge to the conscience of our country – one that demands that we act,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Shannon Watts, the founder of the far-left, anti-gun group called Moms Demand Action, also praised the bill.
“The Charleston loophole was exploited more than ever before in 2020, putting thousands of guns into the hands of people who are legally prohibited from possessing them,” said Watts.
“We could have addressed this deadly loophole years ago, but then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stood with the NRA to block this bill from ever getting a vote on the Senate floor. Fortunately, there’s a new majority in the Senate –– and we look forward to working with that majority to pass this bill into law,” she added.