The House of Representatives recently passed two critical gun safety bills: HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (220-209) on February 27 and HR 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (228-198) on February 28. HR 8, offered by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), would expand background checks to all firearm purchases or transfers, with the exception of gifts between family members. HR 1112, sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), would provide additional time to allow a background check to be completed before a firearm sale. This is an important step towards addressing the “default proceed” provision in the background check system, also known as the “Charleston loophole,” which allows licensed dealers to sell a gun after three business days even if a background check has not been completed. Despite these positive steps, both bills were passed with damaging amendments affecting vulnerable communities: immigrants and the mentally ill. HR 8 now contains a provision requiring notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement when an undocumented immigrant attempts to purchase a gun while HR 1112 includes stigmatizing language about individuals with mental illness. NCJW calls on the Senate to swiftly take up clean versions of both measures.
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Hello, my name is [ ] and I am a member of the National Council of Jewish Women calling from [city/town]. Thank you for voting in support of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (HR 8) and/or the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (HR 1112). While I don’t support the amendments demonizing immigrants (HR 8) and the mentally ill (HR 1112), these bills are a step in the right direction toward ensuring the safety of the American people and preventing gun violence. I will work with my senators to ensure they take up clean versions of both HR 8 and HR 1112.
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Hello, my name is [ ] and I am a member of National Council of Jewish Women, calling from [city/town]. I’m calling to express my disappointment in your vote against the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (HR 8) and/or the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (HR 1112). These measures would go a long way towards closing dangerous loopholes and keeping our families, communities, schools, and houses of worship safe. I will work with my senators to ensure they take up clean versions of both HR 8 and HR 1112.
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