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Congressman Panetta Statement on House Passage of Background Checks Bill for Gun Sales

February 27, 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. 8, the bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. 

"The vote and passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act is the first major action on gun violence by the House of Representatives in more than two decades.  The expansion of background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms is an important step toward the necessary reduction of gun violence across our nation."   

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 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.

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 28, the House will vote on H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, to 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.