Today, House Bill 133 was defeated in a vote of 3-8 in the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. This Bloomberg-style anti-gun bill is being pushed at both the state and federal level, seeking to criminalize private transfers absent the involvement of a licensed firearms dealer. NRA thanks the committee for swiftly defeating this bill that would have infringed upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
House Bill 133 would have banned the private transfer of firearms without the involvement of a federally licensed firearms dealer, with limited exceptions. According to a January, 2013, report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, the effectiveness of “universal background checks” depends on requiring gun registration. In other words, the only way that the government could fully enforce such a requirement would be to mandate the registration of all firearms in private possession – a requirement that has been prohibited by federal law since 1986. To learn more about NRA’s position on background checks, click here.
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