The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R.8) is legislation brought about by the efforts of young people. Those involved carried on a committed course of action at the ballot box and on the streets. Demanding action on gun violence they mobilised communities by demograph, geography and socio-economic class. The bill itself seeks to expand background checks for all firearms sales. Co Sponsored by Rep. Lawrence commenting that “Background checks work and they help save lives”. Federal law background checks (prior to completing a gun sale) by licensed gun dealers only. The act is set to close the loophole that allows non licensed individuals to offer guns for sale with no questions asked and without carrying out a background check. For some time individuals have exploited this loophole allowing those prohibited from gun ownership to evade the law.
As a result an individual can purchase guns at gun shows, via private sales and online, in 2018 around 40,000 died by guns. The ethos of expanded background checks (Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019) is supported by around 90% of the public in America. The HRC added it’s weight to the cause as a result of the murders in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub in 2016. The majority of the victims from the Latinx and LGBTQ communities. In order to respect the safety of the LGBTQ community the HRC (directors) adopted a resolution to address hatred fueled anti-LGBTQ. Along with minority motivated murder and discrimination. A common sense approach to curb gun violence also recognised inclusive all encompassing background checks. Together with limited access to assault-style rifles while also restricting access to guns for those with violent records. There are few exceptions to the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.
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However one being the gifts of firearms between immediate family members. There is strict criteria as to what constitutes a “private sale” and those “engaged in the business” of dealing. An FFL (Federal Firearms License) not required for private individual sales. The ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) does not deliberate around online or gun show sales. Though what is clear is that attempting to circumvent regulations bring about fines upwards to $250,000 and/or imprisonment. Some skeptics though see the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 as a burden to a system that has already failed in the past with disastrous consequences. In a number of occasions over the past two decades failures as a result of the existing background check system seen as the cause of some mass shootings.
In respect of these mass shootings firearms legally obtained from a FFL and/or stolen. The firearm used in the Aurora shooting procured from a licensed firearms reseller. The individual passing a background check he should not have passed due to a prior aggravated assault conviction. Following USAF’s failure to pass on information to the FBI (the agency responsible) over a domestic violence charge the individual in question was able to commit mass murder in Sutherland Springs. Clerical issue blame (Federal background check) cited for the mass shooting in Charleston (2015). Some may well take the opinion that to complement the Bipartisan Background Checks Act Federal Agencies commit to better performance ( federal background check system ) and consequently no one should slip through the net. Along with the enforcement of existing laws keeping guns out of the reach of individuals who shouldn’t have them.