House of Representatives Pass Gun Control Legislation; Bill Needs Senate Approval

Published February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday passed the most significant gun control legislation in two decades.

The bill, H.R. 8 requires background checks on all firearm sales, with some exceptions to the law, such as gifts to family members and transfers for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense, Currently, only gun dealers who are licensed have to perform background have to perform background checks. Unlicensed gun sellers do not.

With the Democrats now in control of the House, the passage came about mainly down party lines with a 240-190 vote. Eight Republicans crossed party lines and voted for its passage; two Democrats did not vote for passage of the bill.

Among the four American Indians on Congress, both Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) voted for passage; Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) voted against the bill.

The legislation now moves to the Senate, where because of it is controlled by Republicans, the bill likely will fail because it needs 60 votes for passage.

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