Thompson’s gun background check bill advancing to hearing

Thompson’s gun background check bill advancing to hearing

Gun Rights

Rep. Mike Thompson’s campaign to curb gun violence through mandated background checks on firearms purchases appears to be on the verge of success — six years after the Connecticut school massacre that inspired it. With members of Thompson’s party in control of the House, the St. Helena Democrat’s bill — the most expansive background checks measure he has introduced since 2013 — is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. And with 229 co-sponsors, including five Republicans, Thompson anticipates a House floor vote approving the measure he has backed since the slaying of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. “This is a new day: We will have a hearing and we will get results,” Thompson said in a statement. “No longer will Congress be silent on this issue.” The silence has been enforced by Republican House leadership since Thompson and a New York Republican, Rep. Pete King, first proposed expanded background checks for gun purchases in 2013, with 150 co-sponsors. “We’re more than half-way home, but we still have a lot of work to do. We’re not giving up,” the two lawmakers said in a statement at the time. Thompson had been appointed chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force shortly after the Sandy Hook school shooting and included background checks in the panel’s first recommendations in February 2013. A gun owner, hunter and Vietnam War combat veteran, Thompson made a point from the start that background […]

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