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house Bill H.R. 8

Should Gun Dealers and Individual, Private Sellers Have to Wait for a Completed Background Check to Transfer a Firearm?

Argument in favor

If a background check is a required step in the process for an unlicensed buyer, there shouldn’t be an exception that allows the buyer to take possession of the gun when a background check takes more than three business days.

Paul's Opinion
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03/11/2021
This country is over-armed and under-smart about it.
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jimK's Opinion
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03/11/2021
Yes. The ‘out’ of allowing gun sales if the FBI cannot complete a background check in three days or ten days is a loophole that can allow lethal weaponry to be acquired by someone whose background acts of violence, anger, rage, revenge or mental problems would indicate that they are a threat to a civil society- and should be denied such access. This does not prevent the current process of fairly rapid background checks from being done as they currently are; it just closes an unfortunate loophole. I would be in favor of a mandatory delay of three to ten days anyway- but that is not the issue being addressed here. … … … The proposed legislation just closes this loophole and would seem to be in the best interests of those who want access to firearms as well as those who would want to limit such access to only those who have not shown enough responsibility to warrant having access to lethal weaponry.
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Ashley's Opinion
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03/11/2021
Obviously, yes. All of you people arguing that it’s unconstitutional are out of your minds. You want ANYONE and EVERYONE to have access and the reality is that shouldn’t be the case. Grow up.
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Argument opposed

It shouldn’t take more than three business days to complete a background check on an unlicensed prospective gun buyer, and if it does the business owner should be able to transfer the gun at their discretion.

Matthew's Opinion
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03/11/2021
The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Period. Creating hurdles and regulations and exceptions and requirements on an inalienable right is unconstitutional. Reject this bill
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Chris's Opinion
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03/11/2021
For all of the money, technology,and personnel that the government has, if it takes them MORE than 3 days to get the paperwork for a background check through for this there is something wrong. They certainly know when you've got unpaid this and that. They know when your taxes have not been paid and where and how to find you. So - a simple computer check for this should not be hard for the paper pushers. Come on, this is more smoke and mirrors to make people wait or even make more restriction for those that have done nothing to stop them from owning a gun.
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Zachary's Opinion
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03/11/2021
All gun laws are unconstitutional. Shall not be infringed.
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    This country is over-armed and under-smart about it.
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    The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Period. Creating hurdles and regulations and exceptions and requirements on an inalienable right is unconstitutional. Reject this bill
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    Yes. The ‘out’ of allowing gun sales if the FBI cannot complete a background check in three days or ten days is a loophole that can allow lethal weaponry to be acquired by someone whose background acts of violence, anger, rage, revenge or mental problems would indicate that they are a threat to a civil society- and should be denied such access. This does not prevent the current process of fairly rapid background checks from being done as they currently are; it just closes an unfortunate loophole. I would be in favor of a mandatory delay of three to ten days anyway- but that is not the issue being addressed here. … … … The proposed legislation just closes this loophole and would seem to be in the best interests of those who want access to firearms as well as those who would want to limit such access to only those who have not shown enough responsibility to warrant having access to lethal weaponry.
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    Obviously, yes. All of you people arguing that it’s unconstitutional are out of your minds. You want ANYONE and EVERYONE to have access and the reality is that shouldn’t be the case. Grow up.
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    If you institute background checks, what would be the point of NOT waiting for the results before allowing the purchase?? The goal is to identify buyers who would not qualify BEFORE they get the guns in their hands! Am I missing something??
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    Necessary step to ensure background checks are not evaded in gun sales & resales. Still more loopholes to close looking at the history of mass shootings and how the gunman acquired the weapon(s). https://apnews.com/article/6fa458941f684468a24a992285777d05
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    YES THEY SHOULD PASS THIS BILL! I AM A GUN OWNER. I have always supported strict gun laws. It has come to pass that more guns is not the answer to the massive gun violations that we have seen. Especially the past 4 years! Please vote yes and pass this bill!
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    For all of the money, technology,and personnel that the government has, if it takes them MORE than 3 days to get the paperwork for a background check through for this there is something wrong. They certainly know when you've got unpaid this and that. They know when your taxes have not been paid and where and how to find you. So - a simple computer check for this should not be hard for the paper pushers. Come on, this is more smoke and mirrors to make people wait or even make more restriction for those that have done nothing to stop them from owning a gun.
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    ABSOLUTELY YES
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    All gun laws are unconstitutional. Shall not be infringed.
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    Naturally my representative Jack Bergman voted against this bill. He also voted against giving anyone poorer than him a simple $1,400 dollars as well. He did support the tax cuts for the richest among us. He also voted to try to overturn an election that was fair for him but bad for der Führer who was on the same ballot. I have long since realized that Jack represents Betsy DeVos who funded his run for the House as well as the wealthy people from Bay Harbor, a development in Northern Michigan that houses a lot of wealth from all over the country. Way to go Jack; you are voting true to form.
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    Until we rescind the Second Amendment, it is in force. Additionally, the Constitution prohibits federal meddling in contracts, as between private buyers and sellers. What is to keep the FBI from slow-walking EVERY application? I, for one, don't trust any bureaucracy to do anything timely, and I trust the FBI least of all, about anything.
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    Absolutely! The USA has more guns with resulting more cases of gun violence injuries/death than any other major country on earth. I’d like to see no more guns at all. I’ve seen fatalities from “road rage” when one or both motorists are armed. It is ridiculous. Wean the US from guns, please.
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    Yes. It’s only common sense. There have been too many instances of people purchasing a firearm and walking out with it and after a background check was completed a felony or other offense showed up on the report.
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    We need those deadly weapons why, exactly? Ah, yes: to render people dead. No, thanks. Instead, please make it as challenging as possible for anyone to buy them.
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    Why is this even a question???
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    There are too many guns in too many hands as it is. The first step toward tracking where the guns are and who owns what is to enact universal background checks for all gun sales and exchanges. Somehow the Second Amendment has become a political rallying cry. But even Antonin Scalia said that restrictions could be placed on gun ownership. I also support stringent limits on the numbers of guns and the types of weaponry and ammunition any individual may own. We have self selected “Patriots” forming militias which can challenge law and order anywhere in the country. We saw what happened when discontent was fomented by a self serving demagogue on January 6th. Next time they might come fully armed. I don’t feel safe with lax oversight. Anecdotally I asked a gun rights advocate why gun ownership was so important to him. He said it was to protect himself from “government overreach”. Not self protection. To fight what he perceives as government overreach. We’re breeding anarchists with our gun laws. Law and order is not supported by allowing what we’ve allowed thus far to continue. Enact strong gun control legislation.
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    You mean they don’t! What’s the point of a background check if they don’t?
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    Yes, gun dealer should have to wait until the background check comes back or they should be responsible for any out come of a crime that is committed, plus be required to get the gun back, if the person fails the background check, not leave it up to others! There should be gun safety classes ID required as well. Owning a gun is a right and a privilege, sort of like driving a car!
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    Waiting for a completed background check is basic common sense otherwise why do it!
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