Democrats Compromise on Background Checks

Delaware Liberal reports on this great victory for the citizens and common sense. Of course they are in shock that instead of blindly grabbing power, that some in the Majority would actually listen to the legitimate complaints and concerns of citizens. I still am sadden that military people do not have the same status as concealed carry and law enforcement even though they may go through a more thorough background check for clearances. This is a huge stride in the right direction.
Yesterday afternoon, I get this press release from them: DOVER – After months of meetings and hours of public testimony, House Democratic leaders announced several amendments Tuesday that they will add to legislation requiring background checks for virtually all gun sales. The amendments to House Bill 35 are a direct result of lead sponsor House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst meeting with officials from the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, the National Rifle Association’s local affiliate, numerous phone calls and e-mails from constituents and from nearly three hours of public testimony in which 75 residents and advocates spoke about the measure. “There is a belief that we are not speaking to or listening to the concerns that gun owners have. That is absolutely not the case,” said Rep. Longhurst, D-Bear. “We have met with the NRA multiple times. They raised several concerns and brought several amendments, and we are incorporating some into the legislation. “We also heard several legitimate concerns from residents during last week’s hearing, specifically about selling to licensed collectors and prohibiting the state from registering firearms, and we drafted additional amendments based on that testimony. That is what the public process does – it allows residents to voice their support and concerns about legislation, and we ultimately can craft a stronger bill that is fair to all Delawareans.” HB 35 would require that a background check be performed in connection with the sale or transfer of any firearm, regardless of whether the transaction involves a licensed dealer. Supporters are incorporating several suggestions offered by the NRA and through public testimony into HB 35, including: Explicitly providing that the state shall not establish a system of firearm registration; Exempting from the background check requirement persons who have a valid concealed carry permit; Reducing the maximum fee a dealer can charge for a background check from $50 to $30; Providing that transfer records cannot be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act; Defining “transfer” to clarify that handing over a firearm for repair, certain short-term loans and transfers upon death of the owner are not transfers requiring background checks; Prohibiting fees when a repaired firearm is returned to its owner, or to return a firearm to its owner when a person fails a background check during a private sale; Allowing persons with “bona fide” religious objections to photo IDs to undergo fingerprint background checks through the State Bureau of Identification, addressing concerns voiced by the Amish community; Exempting sales of curios and relics to licensed collectors, which was a concern raised during last week’s hearing; Providing due process for firearms dealers. “This shows that we have listened to the NRA’s and gun-rights advocates’ concerns, and where there is agreement, we are making those changes,” Rep. Longhurst said. “The question now is whether the NRA will join us in supporting this common-sense measure to help keep firearms out the hands of people who should not have them, or if they will simply stand in the way of taking reasonable action.” HB 35 is scheduled for a floor vote in the House on Thursday. The amendments are expected to be filed by Wednesday to allow the public time to review them. Of course, the answer is that, no, the “the NRA will (not) join us in supporting this common-sense measure to help keep firearms out the hands of people who should not have them.” It will pass anyway, but with the unnecessary emasculations frittered away by the side with the votes. Memo to Rep. Longhurst and friends, this is not me talking, this is the direct quote from Wayne LaPierre of the NRA: “We must declare that there are no shades of gray in American freedom. It’s black and white, all or nothing.” The NRA knows their enemy. The House Democratic Caucus apparently doesn’t. Jeez, shades of Harry Bleepin’ Reid.

10 thoughts on “Democrats Compromise on Background Checks”

  1. David I couldn’t agree more about the military they should absolutely be exempt. My understanding was there were several other amendments still being worked through before it goes to the floor on Thursday, specifically addressing private sales.

  2. Most military are extensively trained in numerous types of weapons. I received comprehensive training in the navy on many types of weapons even though my job code was “communication technician,” The only time I carried a weapon was when I was transporting classified material or performing Shore Patrol duty.

  3. Give credit where credit is do. This is not a D vs. R issue. Democrats Atkins, Bennett, Carson, Mulrhooney, Paradee will not vote for gun legislation. Republicans, Miro, Ramone, and Hudson will. Take your partisan blinders off.

  4. I don’t think anyone is saying or implying its’ a political thing, It is however a Pete Schwartzkopf thing and don’t think for one minute it isn’t.
    John Atkins is probably one of the most Conservative democrats I know if you look at his voting record.

  5. Be Truthful, with all due respect, I think the entire post is giving credit to the House Democrats, especially the majority leader who was doing head counts and had the wisdom to reach out. Huge strides in the right direction and victory for the citizens and common sense is met to be a compliment.

    I know the Democrats did a lot of things we find terrible policy. We criticized them. When they do something good, we praise them. I know that is not normal partisan fare, but we are about public policy not partisanship.

    The criticism was from Delaware Liberal, which we disowned. Usually, I get press releases from the House Democrats, I did not get this one so I quoted it from a source that had it.

  6. David I couldn’t agree more about the military they should absolutely be exempt.

    There’s no bigger “background check” than having put your life on the line.

    But veterans will probably be targeted eventually, if more marines figure out what’s going on with the banksters and more official DHS reports are issued to “low information content” Americans currently entertaining themselves about how veterans who have seen the racket* of Murder Inc. first hand may be “non-traditional targets.”

  7. *

    WELL, it’s a racket, all right.
    A few profit — and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.
    The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the nation — it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted — to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.
    Let the workers in these plants get the same wages — all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers — yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders — everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!
    Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.
    Why shouldn’t they?
    They aren’t running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren’t sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren’t hungry. The soldiers are!
    Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will smash the war racket — that and nothing else. (War Is A Racket
    By Major General Smedley Butler)

    Terrist!!! Someone should have checked his underpants for WMDs, there and then! Wait, American veterans… terrists but Israeli dual citizen scum profiting from war… patriots?

    Imagine that.

  8. David I concur, of course as expected the forum where this came from has the usual diatribes blaming and castigating those who proposed amendments. Anyone capable of reading DSP crime reports knows gun crimes in Delaware are virtually non existent. NCCo specifically Wilmington has the gun crime problem, that’s what should be focused on.

  9. It will be interesting to see if this passes, from what I’m hearing it’s going to be very close.

  10. Colorado authorities have arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun allegedly used to kill the state prisons chief, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

    Investigators believe Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, Colo., legally bought the gun from a licensed dealer in the Denver suburb of Englewood before transferring it to Evan Ebel, 28, a felon barred from possessing a firearm, the CBI said in a statement posted on Facebook.

    Ebel, who died last week after allegedly using the same gun in a shootout with officers in Wise County, Texas, is suspected in the shooting deaths of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, 58, on March 19 and Nathan Leon, 27, who was shot March 17 while working as a pizza delivery driver around Denver. El Paso County, Colo., sheriff’s investigators have said ballistic evidence shows Ebel used the same gun in Colorado and Texas.

    “Oftentimes referred to as a ‘straw purchase,’ investigators believe Vigil purchased the firearm from a licensed firearms dealer in Englewood, and allegedly transferred the weapon to Evan Ebel, a convicted felon who could not legally possess a firearm,” the CBI said in its statement.

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    “There’s no bigger “background check” than having put your life on the line.”

    Lee Harvey Oswald and Charles Whitman were both Marines.

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