Gun control: House passes bill extending time for background checks

Gun control: House passes bill extending time for background checks

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Capitol Hill ahead of the vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Jack Gruber, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – For the second day in a row, the Democrat-led House passed legislation Thursday toughening the background check system for gun purchases. The bill, approved on a largely party-line vote of 228 to 198, would increase from three days to at least 10 the number of days a seller has to wait for a response from the system before transferring a firearm. But like the bill the House passed Wednesday to extend background checks to private transactions at gun shows and over the internet, Thursday’s bill is unlikely to be voted on by the Republican-controlled Senate. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto both bills if they reach his desk. Nonetheless, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said before the vote that people want lawmakers to take action to try to reduce mass shootings. "I think the public is tired of moments of silence in times of mass murders and high-profile tragedies," she said. The vote came after emotional and personal stories from two lawmakers. Rep. Debbie Lesko, a survivor of domestic violence, tried to amend the bill to keep the three-day time limit on background checks for domestic violence victims trying to buy a gun. “Do we really want to tell victims of domestic violence they have to wait up to 20 business days,” the Arizona Republican asked, “before they are allowed to […]

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