House approves second gun bill related to background checks

House approves second gun bill related to background checks

Gun Rights

A day after voting for a plan to extend background checks to private gun sales in person and on the internet, the House approved a separate measure to give law enforcement agencies more time to review background check applications, extending the current limit of three business days to a maximum of twenty days. "The Charleston loophole is something that all members of Congress should have the courage to change," said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), referring to the name given to the three day background check review limit in current law, which allowed gunman Dylann Roof to buy a firearm before authorities discovered red flags on his record that would have prevented the purchase. Roof later shot and killed nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. "FBI analysis of the current background check system shows that 3 business days isn’t enough time to decide if someone shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun," said Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC), who represents Charleston. "This is an overdue, bipartisan commonsense gun violence measure, and it will save lives," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). The vote in the House was 228 to 198, as three Republicans voted for the measure, while seven Democrats broke ranks and voted against the plan. "The shooter at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was able to acquire his gun before the FBI completed their background check," said Rep. Mark Veasey (D-TX). Republicans said the plan might sound good, but like the expanded background […]

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