Yesterday, the Senate committee charged with crafting new gun control laws designed to please Obama and the liberal media, passed S-374 (here’s a link to it), the bill designed to implement expanded — “universal” — background checks on gun transfers. It stands a chance of being approved by the full Senate next month. Besides requiring all buyers at a gun show (or in the parking lot) to undergo an NICS (instant background) check, the bill goes much farther than anyone expected.
You want to buy a gun from a friend. You know each other well. Too bad, you still have to go to the cops or to an FFL, pay a fee, and undergo the background check. Okay, now it gets even worse. This morning, Charles C.W. Cooke writes in the National Review:
If, for example, a gun owner leaves his home for more than seven days â leaving his firearms with his roommate, or gay partner, or landlord â heâll be committing a felony that carries a five-year prison term. And while married couples are exempted from falling afoul of that provision, the family exemptions apply only to recorded âgiftsâ and not to âtemporary transfers.â
Meaning that if you are the registered purchaser of a gun, you can’t loan it to your spouse if she’s going to leave your home with it.
What else would change? Well, it would be illegal to lend a gun to a friend so that he can go shooting. Want to give your pistol to your neighbor so he can pop down to the range for a few hours but donât have time to go with him? Sorry, better make sure you look good in orange . . . Sharing guns between buddies on a hunting trip? Five years inside for you.
Want to teach your neighbor’s kids to shoot, or plink in the backyard with them? Don’t let them (even if you’re supervising) use your gun.
Oh, and you must report a lost or stolen firearm within 24-hours.
NY Sen. Chuck Schumer rammed through these provisions at the last minute before the bill squeaked through committee.
And remember, if S-374 becomes law, any violation of it would be a felony. You would lose your right to own a firearm.
Besides all of that, “universal background checks” pretty much requires registration of the guns being sold/transferred/etc.
Have a nice day.
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