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H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021

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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: May 25, 2022
Length: 8 pages
Mar 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 11, 2021

This bill passed in the House on March 11, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


210 Cosponsors (207 Democrats, 3 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and H.R. 1446 – Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (Mar 8, 2021)

What legislators are saying

Thompson, Sonoma County Leaders Hold Press Conference on Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
    — Rep. Mike Thompson [D-CA5] (Sponsor) on Jun 30, 2022

House Gun Sit-In Organizers Call on House Leadership to Act on Gun Violence Prevention
    — Rep. David Cicilline [D-RI1] (Co-sponsor) on May 27, 2022

Scalise: Democrat Gun Control Legislation Treats Law-Abiding Citizens Like Criminals, Ignores Due Process
    — Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA1] on Jun 5, 2022

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Mar 1, 2021

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Mar 2, 2021
Text Published

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Mar 10, 2021
Considered by House Committee on Financial Services

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Mar 11, 2021
Considered by Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Mar 11, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Mar 18, 2021
Considered by Diversity and Inclusion

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Sep 21, 2021
Considered by Economic Opportunity

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

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

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