House Passes Gun Control Bill Expanding Background Checks: 8 Republicans Voted In Favor Of The Measure

The Democrat-controlled House passed a measure Thursday intended to strengthen background checks on firearm sales and transfers . The legislation, H.R. 8, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) passed with a vote of 227-203

The Background Checks Act prohibits firearm transfers between private individuals without first having a background check. Eight House Republicans voted in favor of the measure. One Democrat voted against the bill.

Here’s a list of the 8 Republicans.

  • Vern Buchanan (FL)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)
  • Maria Salazar (FL)
  • Andrew Garbarino (NY)
  • Chris Smith (NJ)
  • Fred Upton (MI)
  • Carlos Gimenez (FL)
  • Adam Kinzinger (IL)

Jared Golden (ME) was the one Democrat who voted against the bill according to a preliminary tally of votes.

The House then passed the second of two gun-control measures, extending the review period for background checks by roughly one week.

The bipartisan bill, which passed 219-210, would extend the review period for background checks from three to 10 days.

Democratic South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn introduced the so-called “Charleston loophole” legislation.

Just The News reports,

In 2015, a shooter killed nine people at a Charleston, S.C., church. The FBI said afterward that a background check examiner never saw the shooter’s previous arrest report because the wrong arresting agency was listed in state criminal history records, and the gun dealer was legally permitted to complete the transaction after three days, according to the Associated Press.

Two House Republicans voted in favor of the measure.

The first bill, which passed 227-203 on Thursday morning, is designed to close loopholes to ensure background checks are extended to private and online sales that often go undetected, including at gun shows. The legislation includes limited exceptions allowing temporary transfers to prevent imminent harm, for use at a target range and for gifts from family, among others, the wire service also reports.

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