Deutch Celebrates House Passage of First Gun Violence Legislation in Decades
Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8) to require universal background checks for all firearm purchases. This is the first major gun violence legislation passed by the House in decades.
Upon passage of the legislation, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Chief Whip of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued this statement:
"This has been a long and hard-fought battle by so many advocates of gun violence prevention, and I thank them for their full-hearted commitment to making our communities safer. Finally, the House is catching up to the American people by passing a bipartisan, commonsense proposal that enjoys near-unanimous public support. We’ve waited too long to close loopholes that let people easily avoid background checks through private sales. I was proud to cast my vote today in memory of the 40,000 lives lost to gun violence every year, and I will continue my work on other initiatives to do more to prevent gun violence."
On February 6, Congressman Deutch spoke in support of gun violence prevention initiatives during a hearing on gun violence in the House Judiciary Committee.
On February 7, he participated in a bipartisan press conference on the legislation.
On February 13, during a Judiciary Committee markup hearing he voted in favor of the legislation and to send the bill to the House floor.
Click the image below to view Congressman Deutch's House floor statement.