Bill Dowden, Legislative Director
2019 in the Legislature
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, and they have been sent to the U.S. House floor for a vote that could happen as early as this week! These are Pelosi-Bloomberg gun control bills designed to score political points. These bills won’t have any impact on crime or criminals, they don’t address America’s broken mental health system, and they don’t address the underlying causes of violence. For more information, click here.
H.R. 8 criminalizes the private transfer of firearms and targets law-abiding gun owners for persecution. It would make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners for simply loaning a firearm to a friend or some family members. This bill would not stop criminals from obtaining guns because criminals do not comply with the law. The legislation would be unenforceable without federal gun registration.
H.R. 1112 would allow the government to arbitrarily delay firearm purchases for over 20 days and make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families.
House Bill 1284, sponsored by Representative Jim Lucas (R-69), passed from the House Committee on Judiciary by a vote of 9-2. It would provide immunity for a justified use of force in certain instances to help prevent frivolous lawsuits. Victims of violent crime shouldn’t be subjected to unnecessary civil suits, therefore being victimized twice. This bill would also require a court to award, in certain instances, reasonable attorney’s fees if it determines a suit was brought unjustly, helping to prevent financial ruin for individuals protecting themselves and others.
House Bill 1643, sponsored by Representative Ben Smaltz (R-52), passed from the House Committee on Public Policy by a vote of 12-0. It would increase the duration of a 4-year License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years and also eliminate the fee. In addition, it would allow gun owners greater ability to carry a firearm for self-defense in houses of worship, while respecting private property owner rights.
Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative and urge them to SUPPORT HB 1284 and HB 1643.
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