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Matsui Applauds Passage of Lifesaving Gun Violence Prevention Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) applauded the passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, two commonsense gun violence prevention measures to require background checks on all gun sales and close the Charleston Loophole that allowed the hate crime at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Congresswoman Matsui is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

“Across the nation, students, mothers, and families of victims have stood up and said enough with this country’s epidemic of gun violence,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “Americans in our communities are dying every day from preventable gun deaths. The data is clear – gun violence exacts a deadly, daily toll, taking an average of 100 American lives each day. That is the deadly consequence of inaction. That is why I’m proud that today we passed legislation that takes commonsense prevention measures – expanding background checks to all gun purchases and closing dangerous loopholes to keep our communities safe. We are long past time for action, and I thank Congressman Thompson for his leadership to get us to a safer tomorrow.”

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act: requires a background check for every gun sale or transfer to ensure that individuals already prohibited from gun possession under federal law, such as felons, domestic abusers and those who are considered a danger to themselves or others, are not able to obtain firearms.

The Enhanced Background Checks Act: would end the Charleston Loophole that enabled the horrific hate crime at Mother Emanuel AME Church that killed nine innocent people. The Charleston Loophole currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days.

This legislation has the support of an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Americans – because background checks work.  Since 1994, when background checks were first implemented, they have stopped more than 3 million dangerous people from getting guns.  

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