Bans, passive tracking, smart guns and age increases: Dems flood Congress with anti-gun bills
By Chris Eger
At least six new bills have been introduced in the U.S. House by Democrats eager to ban types of guns, restrict sales and fund technology to track and immobilize firearms.
While the universal background check bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has gotten lots of attention in the media — and has some 231 co-sponsors in the 435-seat chamber — there is a stack of less well-known legislation pending that could impact gun laws nationwide should they pass.
H.R.282 by U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-OH, reaches for the rafters by authorizing a new federal ban on broadly defined semi-automatic “assault weapons” coupled with the use of tax dollars to “buy back” such outlawed guns, removing the current “default to proceed” allowance on stalled background checks for gun transfers — which could allow a check to linger indefinitely, ban some firearm accessories outright, and add “dating partners” to the list of those liable to lose their gun rights in instances of misdemeanor domestic violence. Beatty has five fellow Dems signed on as co-sponsors.
H.R.717 introduced by U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown would raise the minimum age to purchase firearms nationwide to 21. Brown, a former Maryland lieutenant governor who backed strict gun control