Top Democrats Call For Senate Vote On Gun Reform Bills

The Federalist | 8/5/2019 | Chrissy Clark
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Top Democrats are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the Senate’s August recess in light of the two mass shootings that occurred this week.

“Make no mistake, tomorrow the @NRA will go back to doing the dirty work of gun manufacturers and blocking progress at every turn. [McConnell] must call us back into session to vote on the two background check bills that have already passed the House,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren on her 2020 presidential account.

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Warren was referencing two bills on gun reform that passed the House of Representatives but have yet to pass the Senate.

The first bill is H.R.8, which would require a background check for every firearm sale. The bill passed the House in February of this year with 240 votes in favor of the bill and 190 against it.

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The second bill is H.R.1112, which attempts to close gaps in the background check system by forcing individuals to obtain a license before gaining access to a firearm. The licensing process would include a background check, and only those individuals who passed could legally possess a firearm. The bill also passed the House in February, 228-198.

After the tragic mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, which left a total of 30 people dead and 52 injured, calls for gun reform have reemerged.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted, “Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately...
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