Democrats have blocked the GOP's efforts to require authorities be notified whenever someone, including illegal immigrants, does not pass their background check when attempting to purchase a firearm. For illegal immigrants who fail their background checks, the Republicans wanted ICE to be notified since they're illegal and already breaking laws. Democrats pushed back and rejected the legislation from being amended. They did approved legislation that requires background check for all sales and transfers, but the Republicans wanted to take an extra step of protecting the public by notifying authorities upon the failed background checks.
The original bill, known as H.R. 8 and The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, was voted by the House Judiciary Committee in favor with a vote of 23-15. That sent it to the House floor. Republicans have a slight edge in the Senate, so if it makes it beyond the house, then it will struggle to get approved without the Republicans wishes for authorities to be notified.
Florida Rep. Greg Steube is responsible for the proposed amendment that would require law enforcement be called "when an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a federal background check."
Steube stated, per a report by Fox News, “Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about preventing gun violence, they simply are playing politics with Americans’ Second Amendment rights. The fact that Democrats do not want law enforcement notified if an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a background check is truly troubling. In rejecting this amendment, the Democrats have shown their true colors. It is clear they are not interested in preventing gun violence or stopping the illegal purchase of firearms, but rather they are only interested in limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens to advance their own political agenda."
It's reported that H.R.8 is numbered in honor of Gabby Giffords, a former Arizona Representative who was shot on January 8, 2011, by a gunman who was mentally ill.
It seems like Democrats do whatever they can to protect illegal immigrants. Maybe because they want them to vote.
Representative Matt Gaetz was upset with the Democrats. He stated on Twitter, "They hate ICE so much that they'd keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!"
Source: foxnews, twitter,