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Rep. Chu Statement on H.R. 8, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

February 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, for the first time in 25 years, the House of Representatives voted on a major piece of gun violence legislation and passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation expands background checks to cover all sales, closing the “gun show loophole” that allowed private dealers to sell guns without a background check. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“Last year, our country averaged one mass shooting per month. And the attacks in Parkland and at the Tree of Life Synagogue were among the worse in our country’s history. But each time, the Republicans in Congress responded with moments of silence followed by months of inaction, proposing that we turn schools into fortresses instead of acting to rein in gun violence. But students should be practicing math and reading, not how to hide from an active shooter.

“That is why I am so pleased that today, we finally put an end to over two decades of inaction and passed legislation to require background checks for all gun purchases. This is common sense. We know that lives can be saved by keeping the most dangerous weapons out of the most dangerous hands. And that’s what this bill does.

“Following mass shootings in the past, Donald Trump has expressed support for doing this exact same thing and so I am disappointed that he has backtracked on that to opposed this bill in order to stand with gun manufacturers.”