GOP to let felons skip background checks for silencers

In the wake of yet another mass-shooting, this time in Las Vegas, the Republican Congress is planning to vote this week on legislation permitting felons, and everyone else, to buy silencers without a background check. Under current law, everyone must get a background before buying a silencer, and then they have to register it. Under the GOP bill, that’s all gone.

Cliff Schecter and I just happened to discuss this issue recently on our UnPresidented Podcast.

You can listen to that discussion below.

You can listen to the entire episode here on Patreon, with a subscription.


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  • ComradeRutherford

    If only the Las Vegas shooter had had a silencer, then he could have killed even more people!

    The NRA thrives on dead bodies. The more dead, the more guns the NRA sells.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Yeah, right, as if the Dems would ever challenge the GOP anything when it really matters.

  • RepubAnon

    If the current background checks aren’t thorough enough, shouldn’t we be working on better background checks? I’d say the harder it is for people to buy silencers, the better off us law-abiding citizens all are.

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  • Zorba

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  • Demosthenes

    Let’s hope the Democrats all grow a spine and vote against this truly insane proposal, including filibustering it in the Senate.

  • Nelson Kerr

    The big object to what you calling a background check is that it takes months and costs 200 bucks with no added valuer to the public, Unlike a background check for a firearms that costs nothing and takes minutes,
    BTW the current BATF process checks backgrounds less comprehensively than does the check to buy a firearm.

    You might want to do a bit of research BEFORE writing articles .

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