Federal Law to Require Background Checks to Purchase Firearms
HR.8 Passes the House!
This is from our friends at Moms Demand Action:
The U.S. House of Representatives just passed major gun safety legislation for the first time in more than two decades—the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which will require background checks on ALL gun sales in America. This historic vote to update background checks is proof positive that we have loosened the gun lobby’s grip on Congress.
Just after the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook School, Congress failed to pass any major common-sense gun safety legislation. In the face of this devastating loss, our volunteers fought even harder and took the fight for stronger gun laws to the states where we have been winning.
Then, in 2018, our massive army of grassroots volunteers across the country mobilized to elect a Gun Sense Majority—who pledged to support safer gun laws—in the House of Representatives.
Gun violence prevention is no longer a third rail of American politics. In fact, it’s an issue candidates place at the top of their campaign platforms. And today’s vote is even more proof that lawmakers are listening to the American people on this issue.
We cannot thank our volunteers—moms, dads, grandparents, gun violence survivors, students, and Americans from all walks of life—enough for their persistence, passion and determination to drive real change on gun violence in America. This progress is, in large part, due to your tireless work.
Make no mistake: There is a tough road ahead, but we’ve won tough fights before. We will not stop until meaningful gun safety legislation is enacted at the federal level.
Now, we go to work on S.42!
S.42 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Background Check Expansion Act
We have our work cut out for us.
With both Kansas' and Missouri's Senate seats filled by Republicans (note that as of 2018, Roy Blunt ranked 2rd among members of the Senate in terms of donations from the NRA), it's likely that our Senate Representatives will vote against S.42.
But that doesn't mean we should give up. We will be working with Moms Demand Action and experienced activists to develop effective strategies to hold our Senators responsible for their votes at our Action Afternoon on March 10.
In the meantime, we can call and write our Senators and let them know we are watching them, and their votes. We've provided their contact information here.
BACKGROUND CHECK FACT SHEETS:
Brady Background Checks: History & Future (PDF)
H.R. 8 & S. 42: - Fact Sheet (PDF)
Center for American Progress:
Expanded Brady Background Checks: Myths vs Facts
Everytown for Gun Safety:
HR 8 Saves Lives and Protects Communities