Many people were worried about Attorney General William Barr’s stance on so-called ‘gun-control’ policy, and they may have been right. Claiming that unless some sort of expanded ‘background checks’ are ordered, democrats will be able to fire up their base for 2020.
However, that makes no sense to most Trump supporters.
And, the plan the Justice Department is circulating does absolutely nothing to stop “straw” purchases, which account for nearly half of all illegally trafficked firearms, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
So, basically, this is just another “infringement” on the rights of law abiding citizens.
And, that’s exactly what Ted Cruz argued. Fortunately for freedom-loving citizens, the president has apparently “NOT” signed off on the plan.
Breitbart News reported on Cruz’s reaction to the scheme:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) rejected the White House/Department of Justice (DOJ) universal background check plan that was circulated in a memo on Wednesday.
Breitbart News reported that the memo largely mirrored Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill and would require the issuance of a “bill of sale” and the preservation of a “chain of title” for gun sales that do not currently require government oversight.
Cruz summed this up, saying, “If we want to stop crimes, we need to focus on the bad guys, not the good guys.”
On September 13, 2019, Breitbart News reported Cruz saying President Donald Trump will lose in 2020 if he cuts a gun control deal with the Democrats.
The Daily Caller offered more information on the actual legislation push:
The Daily Caller obtained a copy of an idea sheet circulating among Republican members, which indicates that the legislation in question would expand background checks to include all commercially advertised unlicensed sales.
[See the sheet here.]
“Consistent with the Manchin-Toomey draft legislation, a background-check requirement would be extended to all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows,” the handout reads. “Background checks would be conducted either through a [Federal Firearm Licensee] or through a newly-created class of licensed transfer agents.”
While all gun sales through federally licensed dealers currently require background checks, private sales do not. The Manchin-Toomey legislation would ensure that any advertised gun sales through an unlicensed dealer would be subject to a background check. It would not apply to sales between family or friends or to loans, provided the firearms are not first advertised elsewhere.
The legislation would not address straw purchases, which account for nearly half of all illegally trafficked firearms, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott that President Donald Trump has not necessarily signed off on the plan being circulated to senators and congressmen.
“Not even close,” he said.
An update from the White House: Hogan Gidley tells me that just because WH legislative director Eric Ueland is among those pushing this on the Hill, it does NOT mean Trump himself has signed off on it. “Not even close.” https://t.co/BF7cGDdzqA
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) September 18, 2019