Ben McAdams on Gun Control
BEN MCADAMS: I support the 2nd Amendment right to gun ownership but with rights come responsibilities. I support changes to our current system which include: outlawing "bump stocks", strengthening background check procedures and closing the gun show/internet sales loopholes. I also support keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, criminals, terrorists and those suffering from severe mental illness. I support actions that may be proposed by local school districts to improve safety. I believe we can strike a balance between rights and responsibilities to make communities safer.
H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".
Opposing argument from the Heritage Foundation, 2/26/2019: Heritage Action opposes the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. This legislation would require universal background checks for all firearm sales (even private) with specific exceptions. Unfortunately, universal background checks would do little to prevent firearm violence and would instead make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, carry, and use a firearm. Studies show that universal background checks are largely ineffective when it comes to preventing mass shootings. In addition, most people imprisoned for firearm-related crimes access their firearms illegally through theft, the underground market, family members, or friends. H.R. 8 is poorly written and makes criminals out of many law-abiding Americans who commonly make low-risk firearm transfers.
Legislative outcome Roll call 99 in House on 2/27/2019 passed 240-190-2; introduced in Senate 1/8/2019; no action as of 3/28/2020.
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