Underwood-Backed Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Gun Violence and Improve Gun Safety Passes the House

March 12, 2021
Press Release
Common sense legislation to expand background checks and save lives

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) supported the passage of bipartisan legislation in the House to prevent gun violence and improve gun safety. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act are common sense solutions supported by approximately 90 percent of Americans to address our nation's gun violence epidemic.  

H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer, with limited exceptions. In addition to keeping Illinois communities safer, universal background checks would help keep first responders out of harm’s way. H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, would extend the time allowed for the FBI to complete a background check before a gun is sold. This improvement would address the loophole that enabled the sale of the gun used in the shooting at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. 

“As a nurse, I know that gun violence is a public health epidemic and I’ve spent a lot of time with families, students, and teachers across our community who have shared how gun violence has impacted their lives. Whether it's at school, work, a concert, a place of worship, or their own home, no person in this country should live in fear of gun violence,” said Underwood. “With the passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act, we can help keep Illinois communities safe and end preventable gun violence. I remain committed to honoring the lives that have been taken from us in northern Illinois and throughout the country with action.”