Federal: Two key regulations pass the House and are on to the Senate

Protect Born Children

This past week, the comprehensive universal background checks bill and the improved background checks bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives. As expected, the NRA alerted their members with: “While there remains a slim pro-gun majority in the upper chamber, your U.S. Senators need to hear from you NOW…” NRA members will call their Senators to fight against these bills. Concerned citizens should also call their U.S. Senators to ask for support of these bills.

From the Boston Globe:

The key to the vote is two-fold: Democrats in the Senate will have to be as united as they were in House; and outside groups will have to marshal their power and their money in the same way the NRA has done for years.


The Bills

👍 HR 8 would require background checks for every sale of a firearm. This includes gun shows, private sales and internet sales. The only exclusion is for sales among family members.
—Tracking Progress: Bold indicates passed—
In the House —>In Committee—>On House Floor—>Passed Chamber
In the Senate—>In Committee—>On Senate Floor—>Passed Chamber
After Passage—>On President’s Desk—>President Signed—>Becomes Law

👍HR 1112 would strengthen background check procedures. It would close a loophole that allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed in ten business days instead of three.
—Tracking Progress: Bold indicates passed—
In the House —>In Committee—>On House Floor—>Passed Chamber
In the Senate—>In Committee—>On Senate Floor—>Passed Chamber
After Passage—>On President’s Desk—>President Signed—>Becomes Law

Action

Now is the time to make quick calls to the offices of your two U.S. Senators. Ask for the Senator’s support of HR 8 and HR 1112 the universal background check bills.


  • To find your representatives and senators enter your zip code at The League of Women Voters.
  • From the Indivisible Guide 2.0: Coordinated calls. Calls are a light lift, but can have an impact. Organize your local group to barrage your MoCs [legislators] with calls at an opportune moment about and on a specific issue.
  • To leverage the impact – forward this on to another concerned citizen.