Time Range For Action Alert:January 17, 2019 to January 31, 2019
FROM: Bonnie Cox, President
Jean Pierce and Allyson Haut, Issues Co-Chairs
Mary Klonowski, Gun Violence Prevention
Contact your member of U. S. House Representative to support HR 8, a bill that creates universal background checks. Click HERE to find contact info.
WHY IT MATTERS:
A loophole in federal law allows criminals, domestic abusers, and other people who aren't allowed to have guns to buy them with no background checks and no questions asked if they simply go to a unlicensed seller.
Under federal law, only licensed gun dealers must submit background checks to the FBI before a sale to ensure that the buyer is legally allowed to possess a firearm. H.R. 8 would extend that requirement to include transactions between individuals, thereby closing a loophole that has allowed many firearm sales at gun shows or facilitated online to take place without oversight. The new bill would exempt exchanges between family members and allow guns to be temporarily transferred for hunting.
Quinnipiac's poll of 1,249 voters found 97 percent of respondents want universal background checks.
Issues referenced by this action alert: