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Engel Statement on House Passage of H.R. 1112 the Enhanced Background Checks Act

Engel Statement on House Passage of H.R. 1112 the Enhanced Background Checks Act

Washington D.C.— Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued the following statement after House passage of H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019:

“Yesterday, when the House passed H.R. 8, the first piece of major gun legislation to pass the House in over a decade, I said that it was just the first step. Today, we took another step forward by passing the Enhanced Background Checks Act. This bill will close the ‘Charleston Loophole,’ which currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days. This dangerous loophole leads to hundreds of thousands of guns sold every year without completed background checks, including to the shooter who took nine lives in 2015 at the AME Church in Charleston. I was proud to vote for this common sense legislation that will give the FBI the time they need to do their jobs and save countless lives.

“The days of empty ‘thoughts and prayers’ in response to gun violence are over. House Democrats are committed to passing tougher gun laws that will keep Americans safe.”