Washington’s Latest Gun Control Push

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With the House of Representatives firmly under the control of Democrats, gun control legislation is running rampant.

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In the latest affront, the House approved a bill to require background checks on all gun sales within the United States. The 240-190 vote means that where once only licensed firearm dealers were required to administer the checks, now all dealers would have to be authorize their sales with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Also unsettling about the ruling is that eight Republicans broke ranks to support the legislation with Democrats. 

Three of the Republicans who signed on were a surprise, Reps. Vern Buchanan, Mario Diaz-Balart and Will Hurd. 

“Our laws cannot be effective if there are gaping loopholes that allow criminals and deranged individuals to purchase firearms at gun shows or over the Internet without being subject to background checks. Today I voted for HR 8 to close these loopholes – a proposal supported by over 90 percent of gun owners in America, according to respected polling organizations,” Buchanan said.

But Representatives Pete King, Mike Thompson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Brian Mast, Fred Upton and Chris Smith not only supported the bill, but co-authored it.

It should also be noted that two Democrats opposed the legislation. Reps. Jared Golden and Collin Peterson.

The news however, isn’t completely bad. The bill must now go to the Republican held Senate, where it will likely be put to rest.

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