One of the Democrat’s first acts upon taking control of the House of Representatives last month was to introduce HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, with a purpose of “utiliz[ing] the current background checks process in the United States to ensure individuals prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain firearms.”
Introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) is cosponsored by 224 Democratic House members and five Republicans. Among the Democratic cosponsors are every member of Congress endorsed by LEAP Forward in 2018 - Cindy Axne, Angie Craig, Antonio Delgado, Josh Harder, Jahana Hayes, Katie Hill, Susie Lee, Tom Malinowski, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Dean Phillips, and Max Rose.
The bill was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, on which Rep. Mucarsel-Powell sits. A hearing is scheduled for next week, and the NRA is furiously trying to mount opposition, claiming - as they always do - that universal background checks don’t work and would merely entrap law-abiding citizens. Meanwhile, polling taken last week indicated that 92% of those citizens support requiring background checks on all gun buyers.
LEAP Forward is grading action on HR 8 and it’s companion legislation in the Senate, S 42. I will be scoring support for both bills.