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BOYLE STATEMENT ON PASSING OF BACKGROUND CHECK BILLS

March 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement regarding two pieces of gun violence legislation that were passed in the House this week.  Congressman Boyle is a co-sponsor for both the “Enhanced Background Checks Act” and of “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.”
 
“It has been 25 years since our federal government last enacted a significant gun safety law,” said Congressman Boyle. “That's 25 years of families being devastated as more than 100 Americans are shot and killed every day and more than 230 others are wounded. Gun violence is a public health emergency that has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exacerbated the deadly loopholes in our gun laws that these bills would close, and Congress must act to pass these bills and save lives.”
 
H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 will save lives and help keep guns out of the wrong hands by strengthening our background checks system through closing dangerous loopholes in our gun laws:
 
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) would require background checks on all gun sales, including sales between strangers that are arranged online or at gun shows. Background checks are the foundation of any comprehensive gun violence prevention strategy and have stopped more than 3.5 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers, and others that federal law already prohibits from possessing a gun.
 
The Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446) addresses the deadly Charleston loophole, which currently allows a gun to be sold if the background check hasn't been completed within three business days. This bill gives law enforcement the time it needs to finish background checks by extending the initial period from three business days to ten and allowing a purchaser to then request review by certifying that they are not a prohibited purchaser under state, local or federal law. The FBI would have an additional ten business days to complete the background check before a sale could proceed under federal law.

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