Eight House GOP lawmakers bucked party lines and joined Democrats in supporting legislation aimed at strengthening background checks on firearm sales and transfers on Thursday.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act spearheaded by Rep. Mike ThompsonCharles (Mike) Michael ThompsonThis week: Congress set to send .9 trillion coronavirus bill to BidenGun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this CongressDemocrats reintroduce gun sale background check legislationMORE (D-Calif.) ultimately passed in a 227-203 vote, with one Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Jared Golden (Maine), opting to vote against it.
The bill would put new background check requirements in place for gun transfers between private parties.
Currently, unlicensed and private sellers are not required to conduct background checks for transfers on firearms despite licensed dealers being required to do so.
While the majority of Republicans pushed back against the measure, arguing it would be an infringement on Americans constitutional rights and argued it could hinder abuse victims from obtaining a gun for protection purposes in a timely fashion, proponents argued the measure would help curb gun violence and prevent firearms from falling in the wrong hands.
Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger40 Republicans vote against Greene motionKinzinger: GOP will become ‘regional party’ if it doesn’t changeMarjorie Taylor Greene’s delay tactics frustrate GOPMORE (R-Ill.), one of the eight who supported the bill, said he is a staunch supporter of the second amendment and feels that the measure adds precautions to help curb gun violence without overreaching on law-abiding citizens ability to obtain a firearm.
I believe that in order to curb evildoers from having access to firearms, we have to be willing to make some changes for the greater good. This legislation by itself will not stop violence. It will help, but the core of our issues cannot be changed by laws. We cannot detect or deter evil by legislating. Accepting the reality that this evil exists is part of it, as well as holding those who commit these crimes accountable,” he said in a statement.
In the face of the evil that threatens the fabric of what this nation stands for, we must unite and stand against such hatred. Its why I took this vote today, making a choice to work towards a better tomorrow for our children and the future of this country.
Here are the Republican members that voted in favor of the bill:
Rep. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.)
Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickBusiness groups issue both praise and criticism on COVID relief bill’s passageMellman: Party brand vs personal brandHillicon Valley: Democrats push Facebook to ‘take responsibility’ for placement of gun accessory ads | Lawmakers introduce bill allowing Americans to take foreign hackers to court | Malala Yousafzai signs content deal with AppleMORE (Pa.)
Rep. Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.)
Rep. Carlos Gimenez (Fla.)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
Rep. Maria Salazar (Fla.)
Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithDemocrats under pressure to deliver on labor’s ‘litmus test’ billBiden can build on Pope Francis’s visit to IraqThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – House boots Greene from committees; Senate plows ahead on budgetMORE (N.J.)
Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonBiden convenes bipartisan meeting on cancer researchRepublicans, please save your partyDemocrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over TrumpMORE (Mich.)
Upton, Smith and Fitzpatrick co-sponsored the legislation, which faces an uphill battle in the upper chamber.
Smith and Fitzpatrick also with Democrats in supporting the Enhanced Background Checks Act led by House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnGraham on COVID-19 aid to Black farmers: ‘That’s reparations’On The Money: COVID-19 relief bill on track for House passage, Biden signature Wednesday | First new checks to go out starting next weekThis week: Congress set to send .9 trillion coronavirus bill to BidenMORE (D-S.C.) which looks to close the Charleston loophole, which passed in a 219-210 vote later in the day. Golden and Rep. Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindFloyd family attorney knocks qualified immunity for officersJohnson says leaving office after 2022 ‘probably my preference now’Sole GOP vote on House police reform bill says he ‘accidentally pressed the wrong voting button’MORE (D-Wis.) voted against the measure.