H. R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

Summary: This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals). Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith. Cosponsors (bipartisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the resolution on 1/16/19.

STATUS: Introduced 1/8/19 by Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] . The bill passed the House on 2/27/19 by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 190 (Roll no. 99). See a state-by-state view of the vote. 


  • “Since the inception of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force after the shooting at Sandy Hook, we have been working across the aisle to help prevent gun violence. Today we take a decisive step forward to help save lives right away. As a gun owner, hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment, I am honored to join with Democratic and Republican colleagues to introduce my universal background checks bill that will help keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them,” said Chairman Thompson. “From the public polling to the ballot box, the American people have spoken up and demanded action to help end the tragedy of gun violence that far too many in our country face every day. We will continue our fight and we will deliver.” (Source: Congressman Mike Thompson, Press Release, January 8, 2019)
  • Gun sales loopholes that should be closed. (Source: Los Angeles Times, JUL 22, 2015)
  • House Dems make gun control action an early priority. (Source: The Hill, Cristina Marcos and  Mike Lillis, 1/8/19)

  • Everytown, Moms Demand Action Statement as House Prepares to Vote on H.R. 8, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. (Source, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, February 25, 2019)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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