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House Passes Bipartisan Background Check Legislation

On February 27, the House passed H.R. 8the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, by a 240-190 vote. This legislation, introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), would require all gun sales to go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) established under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Even with five Republican sponsors, more than 200 Democrat sponsors, and passage in the House, the Senate is unlikely to take up bill.

In addition, the House will vote on H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. This bill addresses the “Charleston Loophole” and extends the initial background check review period 20 days from the current three. This legislation also is expected to pass in the House.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has sent a letter of support for H.R. 8. For more information on this topic, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at