On March 11, the House passed a pair of bills, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (H.R. 8) and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (H.R. 1446).
After their passage, Davidson said in a statement, “The bills make criminals out of law-abiding Americans and force all gun owners to go through government-licensed agents just to borrow a hunting rifle.”
H.R. 8, which has the support of eight Republicans, would establish new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties, and prohibiting a transfer between private parties ― with some exceptions, like to family members ― unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.
H.R. 1446 would close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” which allows some gun sales to proceed before a background check is completed. It would increase the waiting period from three to 10 business days before transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person. Only two Republicans backed this bill.
Davidson said while most times the background check “takes place fairly quickly,” he is against having a third party involved in the private sale of property.
“If you own a gun, I believe you should be able to sell your own car, you should be able to sell your own lawnmower, you should be able to sell a gun and you shouldn’t necessarily have to go through to some third party to do that,” he said. “That’s one of the key things, whether it’s your own firearms or your own money, the government a lot of times wants to get between you and the person you want to do anything with.”
Ron from Oxford voiced his opinion against the universal background checks, calling them a “preapproval of the United States government.”
Davidson said he’s hopeful the Senate’s filibuster rule will prevent the bills from passing.
“I just love how passionate people are about defending the Second Amendment. Now, unfortunately, there are some people passionate about trying to take it away, and right now they’re in the majority in the House, they’re in the majority in the Senate and they’re in the White House,” he said.
He said the bills he calls bad legislation are “going after a real problem.”
“There are too many murders in America, but the murders aren’t happening because of the kinds of controls they’re putting into place,” Davidson said. “There’s not a good cause-and-effect relationship there.”