By Tom Knighton
We knew something was coming, and here it is. A House very antagonistic to guns has passed the first of what is likely to be several gun control bills of this Congress. If House Democrats get their way, universal background checks will be the law of the land. But it’s only the start.
In one of their biggest moments since winning the majority in November, House Democrats pushed through legislation on Wednesday mandating federal criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions.
For Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, it represents a signature moment as they try to fulfill their campaign pledge to take action on gun violence.
he House passed the bill on a 240-190 vote. Eight Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with the Democrats, while two Democrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Collin Peterson of Minnesota — voted with Republicans against the legislation.
The background checks legislation faces stiff opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate, and President Donald Trump — who has strong backing from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups — has vowed to veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk.
“Background checks work,” Rep. Mike Thompson of California, …Read the Rest
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