Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

A Web of Laws Aimed at the Law-Abiding - In Opposition to HR 8

March 10, 2021

Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House floor in oppostion to HR 8:

A Web of Laws Aimed at the Law-Abiding
In Opposition to HR 8
March 10, 2021

Mr. Speaker:

HR 8 is brought to us by the same organizations and politicians who have made no secret of their intention ultimately to strip law-abiding citizens of their right to defend themselves.  They know they can’t do it outright, so they do it through cynical measures like this, which weave a web of laws so intricate that sooner or later everyone can be caught up in them.  This law affects not only sales – but any transfer of a weapon for any period of time.

In 2018, a ten-year study by Johns Hopkins and U.C. Davis concluded that California’s background check law had no effect on gun homicides or suicides.  None.  The purpose of this bill is not public safety.  That’s its deceptive facade.  Its purpose is to make gun ownership so legally hazardous, so fraught with legal booby-traps and draconian penalties, that no honest and law-abiding citizen would ever want to take the risk. 

Most criminals already get their guns illegally and are unconstrained by laws like this.  This is aimed squarely at law-abiding citizens, moving us closer to a society where decent people are defenseless and armed criminals are kings.