Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Votes for Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

February 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted in favor of H.R. 8, legislation which requires a background check on every gun sale or transfer, including those conducted by unlicensed gun sellers.

Congressman García issued the following statement following the passage of this bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“As a Member of the House representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, I know firsthand the toll it takes on our communities.

“Just over a year ago, a 27-year-old man was killed in a senseless act of violence right in front of my house in Little Village, in Chicago.

“Although Chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws in the U.S., as of Sunday, our city had already witnessed 241 shootings this year, including two in my neighborhood. In fact, in Chicago, five out of six homicides remain unsolved.

“What we need is national legislation that makes it harder to access guns. It is our responsibility to stand up for the safety of the communities we serve. I’m proud to have voted for the passage of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 tonight. I urge my Senate colleagues to advance these efforts immediately.”

H.R. 8 would aid law enforcement’s ability to trace guns involved in crimes. It would require all firearm purchases, both handguns and long guns, to undergo a screening through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It would reduce firearms trafficking by prohibiting unlicensed transfers through unregulated secondary sales. It would also prevent individuals from circumventing the laws on the books and obtaining deadly weapons.

Watch the video of his remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on this link.