US House Passes Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

March 01, 2019 4:47 PM | Sally Winkelman (Administrator)

In a vote of 240-190 earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ACEP-supported bill H.R.8 - The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.  Under the nation's current federal law, licensed gun dealers are required to run a background check to make sure buyers don't have a criminal record or a history of mental illness, but law currently excludes private sellers/unlicensed dealers. H.R.8 would close this loophole.