Eshoo Votes to Pass Historic Gun Safety Legislation, Universal Background Checks

March 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, voted for two major gun safety bills, H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Check Act, and H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act.

“Gun violence in America is a public health crisis that must be addressed. An average of 100 Americans die every day because of gun violence and many more are wounded. Yet because of loopholes, up to 80 percent of firearms are sold at gun shows, online or person-to-person without a background check. Today I was proud to vote for two life-saving bills that are long overdue and they will close the loopholes to make our communities safer,” said Rep. Eshoo.

H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Check Act, will close the ‘Charleston loophole’ which allowed the shooter at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston to purchase a gun without a background check and killed nine people. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, will require a background check for every gun sale or transfer, with some carefully defined exceptions such as gifts to family members and temporary transfers for purposes such as hunting, target shooting, and self-defense.