Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights

Courtesy of Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)

“If Democrats are serious about making our communities safer from gun violence, they should engage in meaningful, bipartisan efforts to curb such atrocities.”

We all share the desire to end gun violence in this country, and in many ways, “universal background checks” sound like a reasonable, commonsense step to make us safer. But in reality, the Democrat proposals do nothing to decrease gun violence. Not only are their proposals duplicative, but they could very well be used to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. That means no matter where the transaction takes place, the same law applies. In January 2013, the Washington Post gave President Obama “Three Pinocchios” for claiming that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Current law also prohibits “straw purchasers” – individuals who pass background checks and buy firearms for criminals. Since 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been used to conduct these background checks.

Members of Congress are often asked what can be done to prevent mass shootings. These shootings are tragic events, and often there is profound confusion surrounding them. The left often cites further gun control as the solution to the issue. However, Republicans have passed legislation and will continue to advocate for action to get at the crux of the issue while upholding law abiding citizen’s Second Amendment rights.