Gay rights groups have decided to take up arms against the gun control bill that was introduced this past Friday.
The bill, called the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, will not allow gay couples in states where their union is not recognized as marriage to transfer gun ownership to their spouses.
According to the Daily Caller, as of now, the bill allows for married couples to transfer firearm ownership to their spouse without undergoing background checks — a provision that will not apply to gay couples in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage.
“It shall be unlawful for any person who is not licensed under this chapter to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not licensed under this chapter, unless a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer has first taken possession of the firearm,” the bill reads.
However, the bill does allow for the private transfers of firearms between other family members such as parents to children, between siblings, and between grandparents and grandchildren.
So far, there are nine states that do recognize gay marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington. For same-sex couples everywhere else, partners must first hand over their guns to an agency or business that holds a federal firearms license while a background check is done on the other partner. Then, once the partner passes the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System, they are allowed to take ownership of the gun
Despite the setback, the gun bill and its advocates have bigger fish to fry than this. The bill's goal is to broaden background check requirements for people who are looking to purchase guns over the internet or at gun shows, which (Ed. Note: maybe) account for 40 percent of all sales.