AG Barr took an “idea sheet” to Congress to test the waters on background checks. The idea was similar to the rejected 2013 Manchin-Toomey bill. The White House has not taken ownership of Barr’s idea.
Official Portrait of AG William Barr
The “idea sheet” had these thoughts:
The idea sheet includes a new class of licenses, outside of the standard FFL, for “transfer agents.” In other words, if there is no FFL involved in a gun transfer, you’d have to have one of those licenses in order to sell a gun that was advertised. AG Barr was floating the possibilities to members of Congress to see if they would support it. We hope they will not.
The Daily Caller reported,
One source familiar with the meetings said that Barr pitched the legislation by warning that a lack of action could electrify the Democratic base prior to the 2020 election. Barr also did not consider the background check legislation a gun control measure, instead painting it as a tool to assist law enforcement in cracking down on
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