Congresswoman Escobar Votes for Lifesaving, Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Bills
Washington, March 11, 2021
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) voted to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, two bipartisan commonsense gun violence prevention measures to require background checks on all gun sales and close the Charleston Loophole that allowed the hate crime at Mother Emanuel AME Church. In the 116th Congress, the House passed versions of these two bills in a strong, bipartisan manner.
“America is facing a gun violence epidemic that ends the lives of an average of 100 souls each day and tragically, throughout the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the gun violence epidemic has only grown worse,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “El Pasoans know the indescribable pain and horror of gun violence and demand bold action, which is why I was proud to vote to pass these two landmark, bipartisan gun violence prevention bills to honor the victims, survivors, and communities impacted by gun violence.”
These two pieces of legislation include commonsense measures to end gun violence and make background checks universal:
These bills are supported by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Americans. Over 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks – including 85 percent of gun-owning households, as well as dozens of leading law enforcement, veterans, local government, public health and other groups such as Major Cities Chiefs Association, VoteVets, Police Executive Research Forum, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Hispanic American Police Commanders Association and the American Medical Association.