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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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Congresswoman Kelly Applauds Committee Passage of the Bipartisan Background Check Act

Feb 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement following the passage of Bipartisan Background Check Act (H.R. 8) and H.R. 1112, which would close the Charleston Loophole, by the House Judiciary Committee:

“After eight years of inaction on gun violence, the House Judiciary Committee – under Democratic leadership - has passed legislation to ensure a background check on all gun sales. This is a big, important first step. I know that the full House will take this measure up immediately and I hope that our colleagues in the Senate will have the courage to stand up for American lives.

In 2018, the American people elected a historic wave of gunsense candidates and ousted long-time friends of the NRA. They gave Congress a clear mandate: do something about gun violence. With the passage of the Bipartisan Background Check Act, we’ve started to make good on our promise to keep families safe and save lives.

Now that House Democrats are in control of Congress, we are working to address this public health and public safety crisis that has affected every community in America. I would again like to thank my constituent, Diane Latiker, founder and president of Kids Off the Block, for testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on this important bill and thank Chairman Nadler for inviting her to share the Chicagoland perspective.

I look forward to working with my colleagues, Republican and Democratic, to advance other commonsense, broadly-supported gun violence prevention legislation, including a ban on assault weapons, extending U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission jurisdiction to firearms and requiring a report from the Surgeon General on the public health impacts of gun violence.”

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