Right now, there are two gun-control bills on the table in Congress. The bills focus on background checks. While both sides of the aisle are divided, a local gun shop owner says he is not too concerned with the words “gun control.”
The first of two new bills would increase the amount of time that a federal firearms licensee must wait to receive a background check. The waiting period time goes from 3 days to 10 days.
Tyler says that will not hurt their business. “Our corporate policy is that we don’t transfer firearms unless we have approval,” Tyler said.
Another bill will prohibit a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer first performs a background check.
On July 1, 2020, a new law went into effect to require background checks in all private sales.
“Virginians are already under a universal background check, and so the impact of a federal legislation that says, ‘You have to have a background check,’ doesn’t change the lives of Virginians,” Tyler said.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says without a Republican majority in the House and Senate, these bills have a good chance at becoming law. “Now that Democrats control the Senate, we will do a background check bill,” Kaine said. “I’m not exactly sure on timing, but we will do one because we all on the Democratic side support it.”
On the other side of the aisle, Republican Congressman Bob Good spoke about the second amendment on the House floor. “If our second amendment right is not safe, no rights are safe,” Good said. “And with this Democrat majority in this Congress, this right is not safe.”
If passed, the bills will head to the Senate. Then, they will go to the President. With his signature, they will become laws. [full article]