A vote for safer streets. Background checks and gun control are common sense.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My heart breaks every time I hear about a life lost or forever changed as a result of gun violence in our communities. A complex issue like gun violence must be met with multilayered solutions. Strengthening our gun laws and background check system, while not the sole solution, is a common-sense step towards ending the blood in our streets.

Today I, along with my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted to pass two key pieces of common-sense gun legislation that will help make our streets safer.

The first is H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which will require a background check for every gun sale or transfer. Current loopholes allow firearms to be sold at gun shows, online, or person-to-person without a background check. This only increases the likelihood guns will end up in the hands of people who - by law - are prohibited from owning them.

The second bill is H.R. 1446, Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, also known as the “Charleston Loophole” bill. This dangerous loophole allows individuals to purchase a firearm just three days after a background check begins, even if it has not been completed. FBI analysis of the current system shows three days is often not enough time to decide if someone should or should not be allowed to own a gun. This bill will extend the review period to ten days to be sure gun sellers are not putting guns in the hands of people who should not have them.

I am proud to support these efforts and any common-sense gun legislation that slows the proliferation of weapons, protects our rights, and prevents our families from suffering the heartbreak and horror of gun violence in their lives.

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