1. Action Alert
  2. Gun Violence

The House Voted to Address Gun Violence—Now the Senate Must Act

By Andre Gobbo, March 1, 2019


Wonderful news! This week the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). Now the action moves the Senate, where the legislation faces an uncertain future. Your voice is needed.

Currently 22 percent of guns are purchased without a background check through unlicensed and private sellers. H.R. 8, and its companion bill S. 42, closes this loophole so that people who are barred from buying and owning guns will no longer have an easy end run around the national background check system.

After years of inaction, we finally have a chance to advance meaningful legislation in Congress to address gun violence.

Background checks prevent gun violence. Since 1994, more than 3 million people legally prohibited from owning a gun have been denied the chance to purchase one because of existing background check laws.

Now the legislation moves to the Senate for a vote. Inaction is unacceptable. Your senators need to hear from you.

Andre Gobbo

  • Domestic Policy Associate

Andre Gobbo adds capacity to the Domestic Policy team by handling constituent queries, writing action alerts and sign-on letters, assisting with lobbying visits, creating informational content, supporting coalition relationships, and helping execute FCNL’s legislative strategies. He primarily works on issues relating to economic justice and gun violence prevention but also assists other domestic policy initiatives. He also serves as the co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy subcommittee within the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition.