The House of Representatives recently passed the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019” with support from both parties.
If this bill were to become law it would achieve several goals which I believe everyone, regardless of party affiliation, should agree are important. The proposal would rightly require all firearm dealers—including private sellers—to run a background check on anyone looking to purchase a gun.
Further, the law would require that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) be notified whenever an illegal immigrant attempts to buy a gun.
The Act closes several loopholes which have long undermined the mission of keeping weapons out of the wrong hands and works to combat violent crime committed by illegal immigrants. Opposition from some on the right stems from a belief that to actually enforce these reforms, we would have to create a federal gun registry.
I don’t agree. I think that correctly expanding background checks, along with instituting rules such as “No Fly, No buy,” are common sense solutions which still respect our vital Second Amendment rights.
Here’s the bottom line: It is promising to see elected officials work together on a creative approach to make sure that guns stay in the hands of those who are fit to have them.
I hope that this bill can gain bipartisan support in the Senate and be signed into law.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.