Democratic Congressmen on Capitol Hill demanding gun background checks

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) — Congress is on summer recess, but a group of Democratic Congressmen are still on Capitol Hill, demanding the Senate follow through on recent promises to expand background checks for gun buyers.

They are pushing Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to allow a Senate vote on the Background Check Bill that has already passed the House. The House already passed a bill that would make federal background checks mandatory for the sale or transfer of almost every firearm, closing a loophole that allowed private gun sales to go unchecked.

“It takes no courage to put on the Senate floor a bill that is supported by 90 plus percent of Americans,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

President Trump has signaled his support for background checks legislation, but the path to getting a bill passed remains unclear.

Meanwhile, McConnell has said no action will be taken until after the Senate returns next month.


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