The House passed a gun control bill Thursday that requires a universal background check for every purchase of a firearm.
HR 8, titled the â€œBipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021â€ and led by California Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson and Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, passed 227 to 203 with eight Republicans voting in favor. If signed into law, it would mandate background checks whenever somebody purchases a gun, regardless of where they purchase it.
The bill has the wide support of Democrats andÂ gun safety groups, who have argued that universal background checks will help stop guns from coming into the possession of people who should not have them.
â€œIt has been two years since we stood together in the House chamber and voted to pass this common-sense bill,â€Â saidÂ Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, whose son wasÂ shot and killedÂ in 2012. â€œToday, we once again take an historic step to protect our children, to protect our communities, and to save American lives.â€
â€œJoined by Democrats and Republicans, we introduce the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 to help keep guns out of the hands of those who may be a danger to themselves or others,â€ Thompson said when reintroducing the bill. â€œTime and time again, we have seen that the American people want universal background checks, in fact public polling shows that the majority of people, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, support this.â€
Republicans, however, accosted HR 8 andÂ HR 1446, another bill set to pass Thursday that gives the government 10 days instead of three to complete a background check when purchasing a firearm, as aÂ direct attackÂ on Americansâ€™ Second Amendment rights.
â€œDemocrats in Washington, D.C. are trying to infringe upon your Second Amendment as we speak,â€Â saidÂ Florida Rep. Byron Donalds. â€œI will always stand up for law-abiding citizensâ€™ right to keep and bear arms because I know gun laws only impact law-abiding citizens, not criminals.â€
â€œUnfortunately, the Democrats in Congress are not serious about ending gun violence,â€Â saidÂ North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson. â€œAnd itâ€™s obvious by the bills â€“ theyâ€™re bringing up four this week â€“ which would do nothing to have stopped a single mass shooting in this country, yet, they threaten the rights of law-abiding citizens.â€
While both HR 8 and HR 1446 will come up for votes in the Democratic Senate, it remains unlikely that they will each garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster.
Universal background checks have enjoyed wide, bipartisan support. A 2018 Gallup poll found thatÂ 92%Â of voters supported requiring background checks for all gun sales, more than almost every other gun control measure.
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