Brindisi pushes universal background checks

Congressman Brindisi spoke to the Observer-Dispatch on a number of issues including guns:

“… As he’s said before, Brindisi said he believes there are “common sense” reforms lawmakers could enact without restricting a person’s Second Amendment rights. He believes the House supports and has approved such regulations with recent legislation, saying the onus is now on the Senate — specifically, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — to bring these measures to a vote. “We passed a bipartisan bill in the House on background checks. Mitch McConnell can call the Senate back tomorrow to pass that same bill,” he said. “He’s not doing that. I don’t know why, but it should be done.” …”

The bill in question is H.R.8.

The reason McConnell isn’t hot on it is twofold:

  1. The universal background check is unenforceable and would have zero impact on crime.
  2. Gun control is a stinker of an issue.  Bringing it up would end all chances of the Republicans retaking control of the House and would jeopardize their current majority in the Senate.

“… “I don’t think anyone wants to restrict a law-abiding gun owner’s right to have access to a firearm,” he added, “But more has to be done to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, criminals, people who are violently mentally ill, folks who commit domestic abuse. They should not have access to firearms.”” …”

All of this is already illegal.

If he’s not trying to restrict gun rights then prove it by co-sponsoring the reciprocity bill H.R.38.

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