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H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

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To require a background check for every firearm sale.

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Sponsor and status

Mike Thompson

Sponsor. Representative for California's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Jan 8, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 27, 2019

This bill passed in the House on February 27, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Chairman Thompson, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Urge McConnell to Meet on Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Measures
    — Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5] (Sponsor) on Aug 15, 2019

Engel Calls for McConnell to Reconvene Senate and Vote on Gun Legislation
    — Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 13, 2019

The House Republicans Who Voted Yes on H.R.8 Are Proof the Bill Can Pass in the Senate
    — Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23] on Aug 14, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform: estimates H.R. 8 will add $45 million in new spending through 2024.


Jan 8, 2019

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Feb 13, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Feb 22, 2019
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Feb 27, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 8 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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