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Congressman Panetta Statement After House Passes Two Background Checks Bills for Gun Sales

February 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. 

"It is humbling to be a part of a Congress that, after over two decades, finally passed two major pieces of legislation to strengthen background checks that, ultimately, can lead to the reduction of gun violence.  H.R. 8 requires background checks on all firearm sales and H.R. 1112 closed the Charleston Loophole, which contributed to the tragic hate-crime murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.  Passing these pieces of legislation is an important step toward the necessary reduction of gun violence across our nation."   

The Enhanced Background Checks Act, H.R. 1112, addresses the Charleston Loophole that currently allows gun dealers to sell a firearm to dangerous individuals if the FBI background check has not been completed within three business days.

Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.  The legislation expands the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet, or in classified ads, while providing reasonable exceptions for family and friend transfers.