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Rep. Gohmert: Bipartisan Background Checks Act Penalizes Law-Abiding Americans

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) spoke during today's floor debate in consideration of H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require universal background checks for all firearm sales, to include private sales. The bill would penalize law-abiding Americans and infringe upon their Second Amendment rights.


"And we’re told...that this will save lives, and yet there is not one single mass killing that has been brought up here today that would have been prevented by this bill," said the Congressman.

"So, let’s talk about lives that would be saved, think about the people that are shot every day, and would their situation be different if they were not having it so difficult to legally get a gun?

"I mean I have tried, I think we had thousands of cases, felony cases that came through my court, and we tried a lot of those cases. Over and over you hear, 'The criminals, they’re not obeying the law. They’re not going to follow the law. They got their guns illegally.' And this will not change...They steal them, they buy them from other people who stole them. They don’t obey the law, that’s why they’re criminals. So, quit penalizing the American people."

Watch the full speech below: