‘I think you will see it happen in the first 100 days….’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Democrats are preparing multiple pieces of gun-control legislation to pass once they take control of the House of Representatives in 2019, though the measures will be dead on arrival due to Republican control of the Senate and White House.
The 140-member Democratic “gun violence prevention task force” has the support of presumed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and various committee chairman to pass various anti-gun proposals.
“The new Democratic majority will act boldly and decisively to pass commonsense, life-saving background checks that are overwhelmingly supported by the American people,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California, who chairs the task force, will introduce the universal background check bill.
“It will be strong legislation to expand background checks, and I will have a very respectful show of [co-sponsors],” Thompson said. “I think you will see it happen in the first 100 days.”
Thompson said the legislation will have bipartisan support.
One Republican who will support the gun-control bill, Rep. Peter King of New York, previously worked with Thompson to introduce universal background check legislation.
The House Judiciary Committee oversees gun-control legislation, and Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-New York, said he will send the bill to the full House “very quickly.”
“It’s very important to us; it’s one of our top priorities. We told the American voters that we do mean to do this, and we do mean to do it,” Nadler said to Politico.
Since the bill has little chance of the passing the Senate or receiving President Donald Trump’s signature, it will only stir up more nationwide debate about guns.
Democrats think their legislation will be popular.
“The American people want this. They’re way ahead of the Congress; they’re way ahead of the White House,” Thompson said.
Many Republicans, however, see it as the first step toward federal gun-grabbing.
“Universal background checks has always been a red herring,” said Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina. “It’s something that sounds very commonsense and probably polls very well, but there’s not a single commercial gun transaction in America that doesn’t have a background check.”