Gun rights advocates can have a precarious relationship with lawmakers. Lawmakers tend to lead the charge on gun control with bills that range from agreeable to arbitrary increasing tension among responsible gun owners. These gun owners are waiting to see what Congress is about to propose.
Shortly after taking the House, the Congress unveiled a new gun bill.
An attempt to reform background checks in gun sales and transfers.
At present, the bill may prove to be more of a symbolic gesture than a legitimate threat to responsible firearm owners and concealed carry permit holders. The odds are that the Senate will block the bill when it goes up for a vote. A similar, but far less comprehensive bill, the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, failed to pass in 2013. The new bill is a universal requirement for background checks, no matter the nature of the sale. This means that it should be even more difficult for the House to push through the Senate.
Although the new background check bill is unlikely to pass, its proposal underlines certain attitudes. Attitudes towards even the most responsible firearm enthusiasts and CCW permit-holders.