There’s bad news for supporters of the Second Amendment this week, mixed with good news for anyone who believes in secure borders. Democrats have succeeded in pushing a new gun control bill through the House — but caved in over purchases of firearms by illegal immigrants. From now on, if anyone who shouldn’t be in the country tries to buy a gun, they’ll be reported to ICE. In exchange, background checks are going to be extended to cover almost all gun purchases.
Since the Democrats took control of the House in January, they’ve been working to push through harsher anti-gun laws. They achieved their first success recently, with a new law that extends the reach of background checks. However, to get enough votes to pass it, the Dems had to agree to an amendment that should help keep guns out of the hands of illegal immigrants — a setback for their obsession with giving illegals the same rights as citizens.
- House Bill HR 8 was passed on Tuesday, 240 votes to 190 after a long and complicated series of debates, deals and maneuvers. Pushed through by the new Democrat majority in the House, it was the first of this Congress’ battles over Second Amendment rights — but you can bet it’s not the last.
- The main effect of HR 8 is to extend the requirement for background checks on people who want to buy guns. From now on you’ll need a background check if you buy a gun online, in a private transaction or at a gun show.
- Closing the so-called “gun show loophole” has been an aim of gun control activists for several years now, even though this loophole doesn’t really exist — if you buy a gun at a show you’re still going to have to go through a background check. The new bill just formalizes this some more.
- To get enough votes to pass, one concession was made. According to the bill, any illegal immigrant caught trying to buy a gun will be reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is likely to be rapidly deported.
- Of course, that’s what will happen if the bill becomes law, and it almost certainly won’t. It got through the Democrat-controlled House, but Republicans still have a majority in the Senate and HR 8 is likely to die pretty quickly when it reaches the upper chamber. Even if it doesn’t, President Trump has