Democrats Protect Illegal Immigrant Criminals Who Fail Firearm Background Checks

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This past week, Democrats approved legislation to require background checks for essentially all sales and transfers of firearms. That would eliminate private gun sales and set up a defacto gun registry. They also rejected GOP-led efforts to amend the legislation to alert law enforcement authorities when gun buyers, including illegal immigrants, fail those background checks.

The House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the bill 23-15, in a strict party-line vote, sending it to the House floor. The bill stands a decent chance of being approved by the House, but probably not the Senate. If the bill passes the House, it will be the most significant gun-control legislation approved by either chamber of Congress in at least a decade.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

From Fox News:

“Republicans in the House charged that H.R. 8, known as “The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019,” should have included Florida Rep. Greg Steube’s proposed amendment to require that law enforcement be notified “when an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a federal background check.” (H.R. 8 was numbered in honor of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in Arizona on Jan. 8, 2011 by a mentally ill gunman.)

“Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about preventing gun violence, they simply are playing politics with Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” Steube, a Republican, said after the vote. “The fact that Democrats do not want law enforcement notified if an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a background check is truly troubling.”

“He continued: “In rejecting this amendment, the Democrats have shown their true colors. It is clear they are not interested in preventing gun violence or stopping the illegal purchase of firearms, but rather they are only interested in limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens to advance their own political agenda.”

“Wednesday’s vote came a day before the one-year anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. However, Steube dismissed arguments that the massacre necessitated the new legislation.

“As written now, H.R. 8 would not have prevented any of the mass shootings in Florida in recent years,” Steube’s office said in a press release. “The shooter in Parkland passed a background check before purchasing a firearm, the shooter at Pulse Nightclub passed a background check before purchasing a firearm, and the shooter just weeks ago that murdered five women in District 17 passed a background check before purchasing the handgun he used in the commission of that heinous crime.”

“Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz echoed Steube’s concerns.

“Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter. “They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!”‘

The vote was finally taken on the bill after a contentious, daylong hearing in which Republicans offered a series of other amendments in addition to Steube’s proposal. All of them were blocked by the Dems. Among the rejected amendments were some seeking to address background check fees, which Republicans said could be unduly burdensome for family members trying to transfer guns to relatives.

Republicans were offering additional amendments when Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) shut off debate around 8 p.m., 10 hours after the hearing began. Nadler is saying the background checks are long overdue and address a “national crisis of gun violence” that claimed nearly 40,000 lives in 2017. “Our country is awash in guns, and we have the shameful death toll to show for it,” he said. He’s not telling the truth here.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia took exception to Nadler’s words and called his action “disturbing.” “If this is the way the chairman wants to begin this session of Congress, I really wonder where we go from here” and whether the two parties can work together, Collins said.

Steube set out a large cup that read, “The Second Amendment is my gun permit.” Then Dems pledged even more gun legislation, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a measure to allow temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others.

Also from Fox News:

“The push comes as reports emerged that an initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felony conviction that would have prevented a man from buying the gun he used to kill five co-workers and wound six other people, including five responding police officers, at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant this week, authorities say.

“Gary Martin, who was killed in a shootout with officers Friday, ending his deadly rampage at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, was issued a firearm owner’s identification card in January 2014 after a background check failed to show a 1995 aggravated assault conviction in Mississippi, Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman said Saturday.

“He bought the Smith & Wesson handgun he used in Friday’s attack two months later, on March 11, 2014, she said. Five days after that, he applied for a concealed carry permit, which included a more rigorous background check that used digital fingerprinting and that did flag his Mississippi felony conviction, which led the Illinois State Police to revoke his permit.”

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted on Wednesday, “Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun. They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!”

An amendment to the bill put forward by a Republican would require pertinent law enforcement agencies be notified if any individual failed a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check ahead of a firearms purchase.

“Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about preventing gun violence, they simply are playing politics with Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” Steube told Florida Daily. “The fact that Democrats do not want law enforcement notified if an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a background check is truly troubling.”

“In rejecting this amendment, the Democrats have shown their true colors,” he stated. “It is clear they are not interested in preventing gun violence or stopping the illegal purchase of firearms, but rather they are only interested in limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens to advance their own political agenda.”

It is apparent that Democrats are not intent on stopping gun violence… they simply don’t want Americans armed. And they are shielding criminal illegal immigrants from ICE and others. They are anti-constitutional and are on the wrong side of both the Constitution and the law here.

Sources: Fox News, The Conservative Tribune

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