The House voted 227-203 Thursday to pass a bill that would require background checks for all gun purchasers. Within hours, the chamber will pass a second background check bill to close the “Charleston loophole,” which allowed Dylann Roof to buy a firearm used to kill nine people at a Black church in 2015…
Details: The first bill (H.R. 8) became the first gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years after it was first passed by the House in 2019, following a wave of youth-led activism in the wake of the Parkland shooting. It was never taken up by the GOP-controlled Senate.
- The bill would prohibit anyone who is not a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer or dealer from transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person without a background check.
- It exempts gifts from relatives and transfers for hunting, target shooting and self-defense.
- Eight Republicans joined 219 Democrats in voting for the bill.
This is a Big Eff’ing Deal, as President Handsome Joe Biden would say.
“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change,” Biden said in February while marking the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. “The time to act is now.”