The House passed two bills Thursday that would tighten up rules on background checks for gun sales—and the Senate is likely to take up the bills soon.

Pelosi is erecting an invisible wall in the form of a wealth test that discriminated against people on the basis of race as a condition for buying a gun to protect themselves. Only wealthy people will be able to afford to pay the fee to transfer ownership of their guns. Of course the people that can’t purchase a gun legally will still buy them on the street without a background check.

Some Republicans strongly objected to the expanded checks, one saying they’re “meant to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.” Despite their criticism, eight Republicans backed the bill, which passed 227-203.

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