Would a New Gun Control Bill Create a National Registry?

In a viral tweet, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed that H.R. 8—the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021—“would create a national gun registry” and that H.R. 1446—the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021—“would create a nationwide ‘waiting period’” after the purchase of a firearm. Both bills were recently passed by the House of Representatives.

H.R. 8 would amend Section 922 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code—dealing with the import, export, and sale of firearms—which currently allows firearms to be sold by private sellers without performing a background check on the buyer. H.R. 8 seeks to alter this section of the law to make it illegal for “any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not so licensed.” The bill includes language prohibiting the establishment of a gun registry. H.R. 8 includes a section detailing rules of interpretation, reading

“Nothing in this Act, or any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed to—

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