Kuster Votes for Bipartisan Background Check Legislation
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of H.R. 8, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation would require a federal background check for all gun sales. The legislation allows an exception for family members to gift a firearm or for the loan of a firearm for hunting, target shooting, or self-defense. Current law creates a loophole for background checks in the case of guns sold at a gun show, online, or person-to-person.
“Requiring a simple background check for all gun sales has widespread support and is an important part of keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Right now, a MS13 gang member or an individual with a history of violent domestic abuse can go online or to a gun-show and easily buy a gun without a background check. That just doesn’t make sense. The bipartisan legislation we passed in the House today would expand background checks while respecting the Second Amendment rights of lawful, responsible gun owners. I urge the Senate to keep our communities safe and act on this legislation on behalf of the American people.”