If the Democrats have their way, you cannot buy a gun from your father, your brother or your sister. If you do, you could go to prison. It will also be illegal to loan your gun to a friend or a relative.
That will also and you in prison. Selling guns privately has been legal in this country since 1791. They picked the name of the bill for Gabby Gifford, but ironically, this bill would not have prevented her shooting. In fact, the guy that shot her was upset because she voted with the Republicans on a bill he didn’t like.
H.R. 8 would outlaw the private gun sales Americans have enjoyed since December 15, 1791, the date on which the Second Amendment was ratified. This would criminalize a neighbor who sold a gun to lifelong neighbor without first getting government permission via a background check. It would also criminalize a friend for selling a gun to lifelong friend without government permission.
Ironically, the bill would have done nothing to stop the attack on Gabby Giffords because her attacker did not buy his gun privately. Rather, he passed a background check to acquire the gun retail.
Moreover, H.R. 8 would have done nothing to stop nearly every mass shooter to date in the 21st century. This is because nearly every mass shooter acquired his guns via background checks, rather than private gun sales. The exceptions are those who stole their guns.
Yet Democrats are rushing this legislation to the House floor for a vote. Reuters reports that the House Judiciary Panel “will mark up the bill…on February 13 and send it to the House floor for a vote.”