Background Checks

1 in 5 guns is sold without a background check.

Whereas some shooters legally obtain their weapons, many others obtain their guns illegally from a gun trafficker or straw purchaser, or through the internet or at a gun show where private sellers do not have to complete a Brady background check. A completed background check on every gun sold will help stop those convicted of gun crimes, assault, or domestic violence from being able to get firearms. While some states have expanded their background checks, approximately half of the population still lives in states without these common-sense laws. 

Over 90% of all Americans support expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales, yet Congress still hasn’t taken action. 

Below are bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate to help expand background checks. 

H.R. 8 The bipartisan background check act of 2019

S. 42 the background check expansion Act

H.R. 8 was introduced January 8, 2019 by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-5), alongside 9 original bipartisan co-sponsors. On the same day, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced S. 42.

These bills make it unlawful to sell or transfer a firearm in any transaction without a Brady Background Check. They will expand the current Brady law to every sale or transfer with narrow exceptions. Learn more about why these bills are so important to preventing gun violence!