Gun violence is a “national crisis and an international embarrassment.”

–U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler–

Today, for the first time in eight years, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on gun violence and ways to prevent it. Headed by Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York, this hearing was possible only because across the U.S. voters elected candidates committed to reducing gun violence.

H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, is a critical first step in reducing gun violence. 

H.R. 8 would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer, with carefully defined exceptions for gifts to family members, hunting, target shooting, and self-defense. While licensed gun dealers are currently required to conduct background checks, H.R. 8 would require unlicensed gun sellers to utilize this same system by requiring them to sell or transfer firearms only through licensed dealers.

The bill would close a huge loophole in federal law that allows unlicensed sellers to sell guns at gun shows, online, and person-to-person without conducting any background check on the purchaser. Since up to 80% of firearms used for criminal purposes are obtained without background checks, this bill is vital to reducing gun violence throughout the country.

TAKE ACTION!  Call your U.S. representative at (202) 224-3121 (U.S. Capitol switchboard) and urge support for H.R. 8 to expand background checks.

Donate to the NYAGV advocacy fund and help us work to get more gun safety laws passed to keep New Yorkers and all Americans safe.