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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Backing Boosts Bipartisan Push to Prevent Gun Violence

Mar 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) joined a bipartisan coalition this week to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, H.R. 8, and the Enhanced Background Checks ActH.R. 1446, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Collectively, these bills would represent the first meaningful action taken by Congress to address gun violence in a generation should they become law.

“Nearly 95 percent of all Americans support universal background checks but, under Republican Leadership, Congress refused to act,” Beatty said. “We cannot continue to turn a blind eye and ear to what is happening in places like my own district, where we have already seen as many homicides this year as we did in the first five months of last year. The American people are demanding action, and Congressional Democrats and the Biden-Harris Administration will not rest until we enact sensible measures to curb the senseless violence. She added, “We owe it to the victims, families, friends, and communities impacted by gun violence.”  

If enacted, H.R. 8 would require a mandatory background check on all firearm sales, with limited, reasonable exceptions, and close the ‘gun show loophole.’ H.R. 1446 would close the ‘Charleston Loophole’ that allows individuals to obtain a firearm three days after a background check is initiated—no matter if it is completed or not. In 2015, a perpetrator used this legal technicality to acquire a gun he later used to kill nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Of note, Beatty is the author of another comprehensive gun violence prevention plan: the Safer America For Everyone Right (SAFER) Now Act. Her piece of legislation would ban assault weapons, close loopholes, encourage gun buybacks, and make firearm trafficking a federal crime, among other provisions.

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