The Lt Gov. Dan Patrick said on Friday that he’s “willing to take an arrow” and defy the NRA and will press Texas to close a loophole in gun-purchaser background checks.
Patrick said that it’s “common sense” to tighten background-check laws. Patrick said that he wants to protect transfers among family members and to exempt friends. Patrick said, “That gap of stranger to stranger we have to close, in my view,” Patrick, a staunchly conservative Republican and avid gun-rights advocate, said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News.
“When I talk to gun owners, NRA members and voters, people don’t understand why we allow strangers to sell guns to total strangers when they have no idea if the person they’re selling the gun to could be a felon, could be someone who’s getting a gun to go commit a crime or could be a potential mass shooter or someone who has serious mental issues.”
“Look, I’m a solid NRA guy,” he said, “but not expanding the background check to eliminate the stranger to stranger sale makes no sense to me and … most folks.”
Soon after Patrick’s proposal, the NRA responded saying that these tactics were attempted and failed by the Obama Administration. Criminalizing private firearm transfers would require a massive, governmental gun registration scheme. The NRA response said:
“With due respect, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s “proposals” would resurrect the same broken, Bloomberg-funded failures that were attempted under the Obama administration. Like most political gambits, Lt. Gov. Patrick’s “solution” precedes his possession of the facts, including this critical concession by the Obama administration: Criminalizing private firearm transfers would require a massive, governmental gun registration scheme. Instead of trampling the freedom of law-abiding Americans, the government should focus upon actual solutions: fixing our broken mental health system, prosecuting known criminals and enforcing the existing gun laws that require follow-up whenever a prohibited person tries to buy a firearm. In the meantime, the NRA remains at the forefront of legitimate efforts to combat crime in our country. We encourage Lt. Gov. Patrick to join us in support of the same.”
According to Patrick who claims to be a Trump supporter, “one day, [Democrats] could have the White House again, and they could have Congress, and they will pass draconian laws that dramatically impact our 2nd Amendment rights,” he said. “And if Republicans do some common sense things, that helps us stave off that day.”
Mr. Patrick that is not the case the Democrats never stop. They push and push and push; they are never happy. We have to take a stand against gun control, and now is the time.
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Written by September 7, 2019–