5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes backs the reintroduction of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. She says gun safety is an issue that is deeply personal for her and noted that universal background checks are supported by over 90% of Americans. She called it a a commonsense solution to a problem that effects every community across the country.
H.R. 8 extends the requirement of background checks to unlicensed gun sellers, including those who sell guns online or at gun shows. Federal law already requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on gun purchasers and transferees.
A man whose son was killed on 12-14 also applauded the move. Mark Barden, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, says while still grieving loved ones in the aftermath of their murder, he and others worked tirelessly to try to pass Universal Background Checks. Eight years later, he again call on Congress to do their part to protect children from gun violence.