Democrats are pushing to enact the first major new legislation on gun control in more than two decades and passed bills on Thursday to require background checks on all firearms sales and transfers, and to allow an expanded 10-day review for gun purchases.
However, the bill will need bipartisan support in the Senate to become law – which is unlikely when Democrats control the upper chamber by the narrowest of margins.
That’s because gun control legislation requires a 60-vote majority in the Senate, unlike other fiscal-related measures which can be passed with just a simple majority of 51.
Nevertheless, the House’s decision to pass the bills has riled the NRA, who have consistently opposed attempts to introduce stricter gun laws in recent years…
The organisation received little support from some social media users, especially as the gun control group March for Our Lives notes that background checks for all gun buyers are widely-popular with voters…
This appears to be a reference to a 2013 Quinnipiac University telephone poll, which found 92 per cent of voters supported background checks compared to just 7 per cent who opposed them.
So even if these bills don’t pass the Senate this time, it looks like this issue is a losing battle for the NRA…
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and her colleagues had promised survivors of shootings and family members who have lost loved ones to gun attacks that they would not give up until the background checks legislation was passed.
“The gun violence crisis in America is a challenge to the conscience of our country – one that demands that we act,” Pelosi told Congress.
“These solutions will save lives.”