Background: On February 27, the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), to require background checks for all firearm sales, including private, online and gun show sales. Polling shows broad public support among both Republicans and Democrats for expanded background checks. A companion bill, S. 42, has been introduced in the Senate but needs grassroots support if it is to move forward.
Separately, the Trump administration recently announced changes to make it easier to sell guns and other weapons overseas. Legislation has been introduced to block these changes (H.R. 1134, S. 459).
Faith reflection: “May the triggers of our streets be beaten into plowshares. May the triggers of our hearts be met with the open arms of our neighbors. May we trust in the transformative power of your refining fire. Forge us to be instruments of your peace.” –Excerpt from prayer by Mike Martin, in A Loaded Conversation: An invitation to talk about guns
Action alert updated February 28, 2019 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director.