Davids Applauds House-Passage of Gun Violence Prevention Bills

March 11, 2021
Press Release
Bills would Expand Background Checks, Address Loopholes on Firearm Purchases

Representative Sharice Davids applauded House passage of two critical bills, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, to prevent gun violence in our communities and help save lives. 

H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, would expand background checks to make them universal, helping to keep guns out of the hands of people who may be a danger to themselves or others. H.R. 1146, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, would address the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” which currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days.  

“We have a gun violence epidemic in this country – a crisis that has only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic as gun sales spike. No family should ever have to endure the heartbreak and horror of gun violence in their lives. I was proud to join my colleagues today in passing two landmark and bipartisan gun violence prevention bills that will help keep our communities safe,” said Davids.  

Background checks are supported by well over 90 percent of the American people – including 90 percent of gun-owning households, as well as dozens of leading law enforcement, veterans, local government, public health and other groups such as Major Cities Chiefs Association, VoteVets, Police Executive Research Forum, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Hispanic American Police Commanders Association and the American Medical Association.