The U.S. House passed a bill this week that requires federal background checks on any gun transfers or sales. Any is a pretty big word to interpret, according to Dave Workman, a spokesman for The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“I’m constantly amazed that gun control proponents think that passing one more law is going to be some kind of a panacea,” said Workman. “Even if they push this, if this were to become law, I don’t think it’s going to, criminals would simply ignore it.”
Since Republicans still control the U.S. Senate, this bill is probably effectively dead, but if it would somehow get through, President Donald Trump has been clear in his position.
“The White House issued a statement, they said he’s going to veto this thing if it gets to his desk,” said Workman. “That’s a big if. My guess is that it will arrive in the Senate. The Senate Minority Democrats will try to make a big deal of this, how Republicans are blocking gun safety.”
This bill is another illustration of the political divide between the coasts and the rest of the country.
“This further reinforces the notion that the Democrats have become the party of gun control,” said Workman. “That’s not going to win a lot of elections for rural Democrats out there in swing districts who may be really good on the gun issue, but they’ve got to put up with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and the rest of those folks on Capitol Hill that are out there beating the gun control drum.”
Also passed this week was the so-called Charleston loophole bill. That measure would lengthen FBI background checks for all gun purchases from three days to ten. That bill will likely not see the Senate floor, either.