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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.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

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
Introduced
Jan 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

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.

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

What legislators are saying

Engel Statement on 5 Years Since Mother Emanuel Church Shooting
    — Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY16] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 17, 2020

Congresswoman Loweys Statement on President Trumps SCOTUS Nominee
    — Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 26, 2020

Norton Introduces Resolution Designating June as National Gun Violence Awareness Month
    — Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 4, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 8 will add $45 million in new spending through 2024.

History

Jan 8, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Feb 13, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

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Feb 22, 2019
 
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Feb 27, 2019
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

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

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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