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On Anniversary of House Passage of Bipartisan Background Checks Bills, Maloney Calls on McConnell to End Senate Obstruction and Make Hudson Valley Communities Safer

Feb 27, 2020
Press Release

On Anniversary of House Passage of Bipartisan Background Checks Bills, Maloney Calls on McConnell to End Senate Obstruction and Make Hudson Valley Communities Safer

Washington, D.C. – Today, on the one-year anniversary of the House passage of bipartisan gun safety bills, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately bring the two bills to the Senate floor for a vote.

“It’s been one year since we passed strong, bipartisan background check bills but Mitch McConnell continues to stand in the way of progress, undermining the safety of our communities and schools,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “With thousands of Americans dying by gun violence every year, we need leaders who will stand up to the gun lobby and work to pass these commonsense gun violence prevention bills.”

The first bill, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, would close the “gun show loophole,” which allows people to purchase firearms through private sales to sidestep rules requiring a normal background check. The bill would require nearly all gun exchanges to go through a licensed firearms dealer to ensure that purchases are vetted through the background check system.

The Enhanced Background Checks Act will close the “Charleston loophole” which allowed Dylann Roof to obtain a firearm he used to kill nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2016. Current background check regulations require gun sellers to wait three days while the FBI completes checks on potential purchasers. If the review is not complete within three days, the seller may proceed with the gun sale. The new bill would extend the review period to ten days. Roof had a previous drug conviction which should have prevented him from obtaining the weapon, but the FBI did not return a completed check within three days, allowing the purchase to go forward.

The Bipartisan Background Check Act passed the House with bipartisan support on February 27, 2019. The Enhanced Background Checks Act passed on February 28, 2019.

Rep. Maloney is a cosponsor of several bills intended to reduce the number of tragic episodes of gun violence across the country, including bills to ban high capacity ammunition magazines and assault weapons, create a federal “red flag law” to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and expand background checks. He has held several Gun Violence Prevention town halls, and is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 310 Americans are shot by a gun every day. Every year on average, 36,383 Americans lose their lives to gun violence.

Read the letter here.

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