By Mathew Goldstein
H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 11 with overwhelming support. If signed into law, nearly every gun sale occurring in the U.S. would be subject to a background check, including so-called “private sales” at gun shows and over the internet. TELL THE SENATE: TAKE ACTION ON BACKGROUND CHECKS.
This is one of a number of modest steps which collectively would likely reduce gun shooting murders, see Sandyhookpromise.org for the complete set of policy changes that they lobby for. Banning the sale of military style semi-automatic weapons to the public would not impede hunting or target shooting. Our government laws can and should be implementing sensible precautionary policies that protect our valuable health and lives from unnecessary risks at relatively low cost.