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Congresswoman Chu Announces Legislation to Fix Gun Checks

March 15, 2011
Press Release
 Washington, D.C. – Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., today joined with colleagues to announce legislation that will improve our nation’s ineffective background check.  The Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 represents the type of sensible gun policy that Rep. Chu has long supported.

"Today, we have a broken background check system," Chu said.  "The laws we already have on the books aren’t being properly enforced.  More than half of the states are not submitting appropriate records to National Instant Background Check System leaving the system spotty and full of holes.  That’s why we need a bill that will fix the gun background checks system, one that closes the loopholes that allow wrongdoers to buy firearms.  Then we will have a system that saves American lives and protects people from harm."

This legislation aims to make substantial improvements to the current background check system and close loopholes that exist under current laws that allow certain gun purchasers to avoid a background checks altogether.  The bill will establish tougher penalties for states that do not comply with current reporting requirements.  The legislation is based on a proposal put forward by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a partnership of more than 550 mayors who work for common-sense solutions to fight gun crime.

Rep. Judy Chu was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California’s 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees.  As a member of the Judiciary Committee she sits on the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over federal gun control policy.