The gun rights group, National Rifle Association (NRA), confirmed a likely date for Senate to take up the sweeping gun control bill just passed in the House. This comes as a shock to many law abiding gun owners as they believed time would pass before Democrats attempt to seize their weapons.
The NRA tweeted:
🚨BREAKING: U.S. Senate insiders are reporting that Biden’s extreme gun control will likely get a hearing NEXT WEEK.
Anti-gun bills just passed the House. If they pass the Senate, the gun control will go to Biden to become law.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS ➡️ https://t.co/IGotrgCFU7
— NRA (@NRA) March 16, 2021
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 8 passed on a vote of 227 to 203.
Democrats aren’t the only ones who supported H.R. 8. Here are the House Republicans who voted for the measure:
- Vern Buchanan
- Brian Fitzpatrick
- Maria Salazar
- Andrew Garbarino
- Chris Smith
- Fred Upton
- Carlos Gimenez
- Adam Kinzinger
In addition to H.R. 8, the Democrats passed even more gun regulation. Majority Whip James Clyburn’s bill, H.R. 146, seeks to extend the ‘holding period’ for potential gun owners after receiving a background check. The current wait time of three business days would be expanded to ten if the bill becomes law. H.R. 146 also states those conducting the background checks are legally allowed to extend the holding period up to 20 days if they do not “feel confident” in the gun owner.
Also on Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) put forward the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021.” Her bill is designed to ban 205 different firearms and ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds.