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Gohmert’s Statement on Democrats Passing Two Gun Control Bills

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Washington, February 26, 2019 | comments

Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his votes against H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 which were gun control bills that created added burdens for law abiding citizens:

“Criminals, by definition, do not follow the law. Adding new laws that would bar a father from lending a gun to his step-son for a hunting trip without an onerous and costly background check is ludicrous. We should focus on enforcing existing law, not passing new ones that would make law-abiding citizens into criminals. There is nothing in either one of these bills that would have prevented the recent shootings that  we are told are the motivation for the bills. Over and over again, we see mass violence occur as a result of numerous violations either by the criminal or by agencies not following existing law. The Obama administration had amazingly low numbers of prosecutions for violation of gun laws. 

“All these new laws would do is impose substantial burdens on law-abiding citizens, therefore, making it more difficult for honest citizens to purchase, own, carry, and use a firearm.  Criminals do not bother with having background checks.  We keep being told that background checks stopped 3 million illegal purchases of guns. That is not true; there were 3 million initial hits on the background checks, but when secondary checking was done, over 95% were false hits according to gun statistician John Lott. It still is true that criminals prefer to get their firearms through theft or buying from another criminal. 

Sadly, if these bills become law, you could not loan your gun to a friend who was being threatened with domestic violence without first running a background check; otherwise, you as the good Samaritan become the criminal.  Tragically the waiting period might be the difference between life and death for some victims of domestic violence or stalking.

Not only were these bills brought forth by violating regular Congressional process, they contain many policy errors. Additionally, I had many concerns raised in the House Judiciary Committee that have not been adequately addressed.

Unfortunately, these pieces of legislation, requiring ‘universal background checks,’ do nothing to address the real problems leading to mass shootings and gun violence.

“The answer to gun violence is not placing superfluous regulations and burdensome costs on those who want to lawfully express their Second Amendment rights afforded to them under the U.S. Constitution. If Democrats want to make the background check system work better, there are ways that can be done and these two bills are not it." 

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