WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which will mandate universal background checks for all gun purchases by closing loopholes that exist in current law, and tomorrow the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1112, which will close the Charleston Loophole that permits gun dealers to sell firearms to individuals when an FBI background check takes longer than three days. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva supports both pieces of legislation and issued the following statement after the first vote:
“Americans are tired of NRA lobbyists dictating our gun policies and buying Republican politicians to enact their dangerous agenda. However, today’s Congress is taking a first-step to keep our communities safe and prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals and domestic abusers.
“After decades of mass shootings in schools, places of worship, and other public spaces; the time has long since passed for Congress to take urgent action and protect every day Americans from the scourge of gun violence plaguing our nation. Ending gun violence does not stop here, and we must take action on other gun issues—such as reinstating the assault weapons ban—to better ensure the security of communities across the country.”
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