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U.S. Rep. Newman (IL-03) Votes to Pass Common-Sense Gun Safety Legislation to Expand Background Checks

March 11, 2021

Legislation designed to ensure background check procedures are followed for all gun sales, including sales made by unlicensed dealers

Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) voted to pass H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, a historic bill that will ensure background check procedures are followed for all gun sales, including sales made by unlicensed dealers. 

“During my time at the grassroots organization, Moms Demand Action, I met hundreds of Americans who lost loved ones to gun violence at the hands of domestic abusers, stalkers and dangerous individuals who should have never had access to a firearm in the first place. This bill is designed to prevent those tragedies from ever taking place again by closing gun loopholes and ensuring background checks take place for all firearm sales. At its very core, this bill is designed to save lives,” said Congresswoman Newman. “Now, with the passage of this common-sense and long-overdue legislation, we have the chance to deliver the first major federal gun safety law in more than 25 years. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act now and pass this legislation immediately. Advocates and survivors of gun violence have been fighting for safer schools and communities for decades, we owe it to each of them to ensure this legislation becomes law.” 

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