WASHINGTON, DC (March 12, 2021) — Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to pass HR 8 and HR 1446, two reprehensible, FPC-opposed bills designed to suppress human liberty and criminalize non-violent conduct. The members who supported these bills—who are made of the same despicable fabric as the tyrants that led to our nation’s great revolt—voted against the People, our Constitution, and the very freedoms that made the United States a beacon of liberty. The contemptible, ideologically degenerate politicians who voted to pass HR 8 and HR 1446 have further abused their delegated authority to greatly expand the powers of an already too-large federal government and incarcerate more and more Americans. They do not deserve to hold office, and the People should ensure that they never do again.
Eight Republicans voted for one or both of the bills:
- Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8) (HR 8 and HR 1446)
- Chris Smith (NJ-4) (HR 8 and HR 1446)
- Vern Buchanan (FL-16) (HR 8)
- Andrew Garbarino (NY-2) (HR 8)
- Carlos A. Gimenez (FL-26) (HR 8)
- Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) (HR 8)
- Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27) (HR 8)
- Fred Upton (MI-6) (HR 8)
Two Democrats voted against one or more of the bills:
- Jared Golden (ME-2) (HR 8 and HR 1446)
- Ron Kind (WI-3) (HR 1446)
FPC will continue to mobilize individuals throughout the United States in efforts to defeat HR 8 and HR 1446 in the Senate at FightGunBills.com, and we call upon the members of the Senate to stand for the People, the Constitution, and individual liberty by voting against these bills.
To learn more about so-called “universal background check” laws and why they should be fiercely opposed, read FPC’s Policy Brief, “‘Universal Background Checks’ & Burdening Access to Human Rights,” available free here.
Firearms Policy Coalition and its FPC Law team are the nation’s next-generation advocates for the right to keep and bear arms and adjacent liberties, actively litigating dozens of major lawsuits including federal Second Amendment challenges to California’s ban on “assault weapons” (Miller v. Becerra), Maryland’s ban on “assault weapons” (Bianchi v. Frosh), California’s handgun “roster” and self-manufacturing bans (Renna v. Becerra), Maryland’s firearm carry ban (Call v. Jones), New Jersey’s firearm carry ban (Bennett v. Davis), New York City’s firearms carry ban (Greco v. New York City), the federal ban on the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition by federal firearm licensees (FFLs) to adults under 21 years of age (Reese v. BATFE), and others, with dozens more cases being prepared. To follow these and other legal cases FPC is actively working on, visit the Legal Action section of FPC’s website or follow FPC on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.
Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend constitutional rights—especially the right to keep and bear arms—advance individual liberty, and restore freedom through litigation and legal action, legislative and regulatory action, education, outreach, grassroots activism, other programs. FPC Law is the nation’s largest public interest legal team focused on Second Amendment and adjacent fundamental rights including freedom of speech and due process, conducting litigation, research, scholarly publications, and amicus briefing, among other efforts.