From mass shootings most recently in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio to street killings throughout our country, dangerously easy access to guns in the U.S. are a major and deadly problem, and one that disproportionally impacts communities of color. Meanwhile, some of our elected officials in “leadership” do nothing. As of August 6, 2019, there had been 251 mass shootings in the US this year; that’s more than 1 per day. Enough is enough!
At the end of February, 2019 the U.S. House, with bipartisan support, passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112 the Extend Background Check Length. Together, these bills would have a definite impact on reducing gun violence and saving lives; they would help keep firearms out of the hands of those who clearly should not have them. Specifically, H.R. 8 would bar direct firearms sales between unlicensed people, including at gun shows or online, without a background check. Firearms could be sold only by licensed dealers, manufacturers, or importers, who are required to conduct comprehensive background checks. H.R. 1112 would mandate that no sale of a firearm may be conducted without a completed background check.
We must now advocate to all of our members of the Senate to support and pass it, and to the President to sign the bill sooner rather than later. Lives depend on it. For information on the legislation and tips on how to advocate, please see the attached Action Alert.