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Gun Background Check Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Feb 28 2019 10:23 AM

CNN - The House of Representatives passed a bill that would require background checks for virtually all firearm sales in the United States in what is its first passage of significant gun control legislation in more than two decades.

Currently, only licensed gun dealers must perform background checks on anyone seeking to purchase a firearm, and most unlicensed sellers do not. The universal background check bill, H.R. 8, which was passed Wednesday by the House, would make the latter illegal.

Supporters of the measure, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, say it will “reduce gun violence in our country and take more steps to improve the safety of the American people.”

The bill was sponsored by a bipartisan duo of Reps. Mike Thompson, D-CA, and Peter King, R-NY. Four other Republicans co-sponsored the bill.

However, the measure also had its critics, like Rep. Ben Cline, R-VA, who claims “gun control measures do not address the problems of gun violence.”

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