House Passes Underwood-Backed Legislation to Improve Gun Safety

February 27, 2019
Press Release
Background Checks Act of 2019 requires background check in order to purchase a gun

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) made the following statement on the passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8), legislation she cosponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives. The passage came just eleven days after four of Underwood’s constituents and one other man were killed in an act of gun violence at Henry Pratt Co., a manufacturing business in Aurora, Illinois.

“Gun violence is happening in communities all over the country—we saw it eleven days ago in Aurora, and we saw it eleven years ago at Northern Illinois University. We’ve seen it in Chicago, in a church in South Carolina, a concert in Las Vegas, and we even see the effects of it as our kids regularly participate in active shooter drills at school. I refuse to accept the frequency of these tragedies as routine.

“Today for the first time in more than two decades, the House of Representatives held a vote on a major gun safety bill, and with its passage we sent a message: enough is enough—it’s time to take serious steps toward making our families and our communities safer, and that starts with this common sense step to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer, including unlicensed gun dealers, with exceptions for family gifts, hunting and target shooting, and self-defense. In addition, Underwood is also a co-sponsor of Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Emergency Act, Raise the Age Act, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act,  Make Identifiable Criminal Rounds Obvious Act (MICRO Act). She is also a member of the gun violence prevention task force.