House passes bill requiring background checks on all gun sales
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to require a federal criminal background check be performed prior to all gun sales in the U.S., including private transactions.
The bill, which seeks to close the so-called “gun show loophole,” is the first major gun-safety measure to pass the House in decades.
“Despite the horrific shootings we saw in Columbine and Aurora, in Orlando and Parkland, in Vegas and elsewhere, Republicans in the House did nothing,” said U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), a cosponsor of the bill passed today. “This bill will help keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them in the first place. And it’s just the first in a long series of gun safety measures we hope to get passed this year.”
The bill, which the House approved by a vote of 240-190, now heads to the Senate for consideration.
DeGette, whose district includes Columbine High School, has sponsored several gun-safety measures this year including a bill she and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), who represents the families from Parkland, filed earlier this month to ban the sale or manufacture of any gun magazine that can hold more than ten rounds; and separate measure to ban the sale or manufacture of semi-automatic assault rifles, such as the AR-15 used in several recent high-profile shootings.