- Action Alert
- Gun Violence
Upcoming Vote on Background Checks: Urge Congress to Act to End Gun Violence
After years of inaction, Congress is finally advancing policies to reduce gun violence in our communities. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). Next stop is a vote before the full U.S. House.
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. Currently 22 percent of gun purchases, including those made online and at gun shows, don’t require a background check. H.R. 8 would close these loopholes by instituting universal background checks on all gun purchases.
As we mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland today, let us honor those who have lost their lives and stand with the survivors and families who have advocated tirelessly for policies to end gun violence. Tell your Representative to support this life-saving legislation.