Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) reintroduced The Background Check Expansion Act Tuesday, legislation that would expand federal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions.
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) also reintroduced companion legislation in the House on Tuesday.
S. 42 states that the Act “prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, one of 43 Democrats who have co-sponsored the bill, said now is the time to act on expanding background checks.
“For years, this bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell,” Schumer said.
“Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities.”
In a statement on the anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Biden called on Congress to enact “commonsense gun law reforms” that would include “requiring background checks on all gun sales.”
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