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Exclusive–Dick Heller tells BLP: I’m upset with Trump opening up post-Vegas talks on gun laws

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Washington resident Richard A. “Dick” Heller, whose Supreme Court case overturned the capital’s handgun ban, told Big League Politics he is uncomfortable with President Donald J. Trump pledging to revisit the gun laws debate.

Trump told reporters Tuesday morning before leaving the White House to visit Puerto Rico: “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”

Heller said he is uncomfortable with the president giving cover to opponents of gun rights and his willingness to open up what should be settled law.

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“I am concerned that we are even having the conversation,” he said. “That’s what upsets me.”

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It would have been better if Trump had dismissed any discussion of gun laws out of hand, he said. “That would have been nice—the Second Amendment means what it says.”
The 2008 Heller Decision was the first gun rights ruling by the Supreme Court in more than 70 years and the case ushered in the current era of states and the federal government restoring gun rights. When Heller filed his petition in 2003, he was a special police officer guarding the Supreme Court.

Every day at the end of his shift, the Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Division had to turn in his handgun to the high court’s armory before riding his bike or walking through his deteriorating neighborhood in Southeast.

Despite his landmark legal victory, Heller still is not allowed carry his handgun outside his home, so he is continuing to press for gun rights in the District of Columbia and across the country.

Heller said he is not ready to panic about the president supporting restrictions on gun rights, yet.

“To have any concern there is to agree that if you disarm the people, crime goes down,” he said. “AS long as the theorem of more guns, less crime holds, I am not too concerned about it.

“He makes his own decisions based not on his own needs or feelings, but on the needs of America,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”

Heller said he is also heartened by the two powerful allies close to the president, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric. “His sons and he—all three of them are all avid hunters, so I don’t think we’re in danger there.”

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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