Dallas County commissioners want universal background checks for firearms, according to resolution

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Commissioners in Dallas County are urging federal lawmakers to vote yes on a bipartisan gun control proposal.

U.S. House Resolution 8 would require a background check for every firearm sale. The bill passed in the House with 240 votes on Feb. 27. Eight of those votes came from Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas. HR 8 is now headed to the Senate floor.

The Dallas County resolution approved Aug. 20 was drafted by commissioner John Wiley Price just hours after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton on Aug. 3. It was brought before the court Aug. 6, but the vote was delayed due to an amendment requested by Commissioner Elba Garcia.

Garcia’s amendment broadens the call for action by requesting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to schedule a special legislative session specifically aimed at tackling gun violence.

The resolution asks the state to enact universal background checks and red flag laws as well as consider a ban on assault weapons.

“I always respect the second right amendment, but semiautomatic weapons that can kill 400-500 people in one minute is just unacceptable,” Garcia said.

Commissioner JJ Koch argued background checks do not prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining a gun, and that fees included in HR 8 “wildly and disproportionately” affect low-income citizens.

“Essentially, poor people could be deprived the right to bear arms by having to pay $500 per registration per firearm,” he said.

He also took issue with the purchasing age limit. Federal law prohibits the sale of handguns to people under age 21, meaning HR 8 would effectively prevent young adults from acquiring firearms, Koch said.

“If you want to tell all folks under 21 that they can’t protect themselves, then continue on with [approving this resolution],” he said.

Eventually, the resolution passed 4-1, with Commissioner Koch opposed.

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  1. “semiautomatic weapons that can kill 400-500 people in one minute is just unacceptable,” – I surely hope that no sane person would believe such a thing, Background checks are something that sound good on the surface, especially if you have no working knowledge of the current system.
    1) ALL commercial gun sales already go thru the NICS background check process
    2) When denials are appealed, over 90% are found to be in error
    3) less than 5% of criminals get their guns from legal sales (straw purchase, import from Mexico and thief most common)
    4) of the mass shooters, not even one of them would have been stopped via a background check
    5) if the ATF and local law enforcement ignore thousands of straw purchases (only 40 a year charged), how would any new law make anything better
    6) Take El Paso mass shooting as an example, the killer would have had a larger body count if he used his car
    7) over 88% of the mass shootings (and other public shootings) occur in NO GUN ZONES, so what will it take to stop the idea of NO GUN ZONES. How many exactly must die because of these kill zones?

  2. if they care so much about crime then why do they have a $$$$ figure that

    ALLOWS THE CRIMINAL TO KNOW JUST HOW MUCH THEY CAN STEAL AND WHAT ITEMS ARE

    CONSIDERED “neccessities”??

    and since only law abiding citizens obey the law

    the criminals will continue to get weapons while the police are

    not allowed to lose

    the city money through lawsuits or lose their won jobs even when perforong the job they are being paid for

  3. When I read the absolutely ridiculous statement about being able to kill 400-500 with a semi-automatic I put my finger to the test and was able to pull a trigger 180 times in a minute. Assuming I was able to hit one person with each shot and they all died, and I had a magazine that didn’t need to be changed (another obvious ridiculous statement) I could kill 180. What Commissioner Garcia stated is ludicrous.

    Please, politicians, only speak truth. It goes further in any argument. In today’s culture if someone says it’s true people think it’s true. If it gets printed it’s supposedly very true. Please.

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Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.
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