Crist Statement on Passage of Two Common Sense Gun Violence Prevention Bills

Measures would close gun-show and Charleston loopholes for background checks

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) released a statement following House passage of two common sense gun violence prevention bills that would close the gun-show loophole and the ‘Charleston loophole,’ expanding background checks to all purchases.

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (H.R. 8) passed by a vote of 227-203. It would require background checks for every gun sale or transfer, to close loopholes used by domestic abusers and violent felons who cannot pass a background check.

The second bill, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 (H.R. 1446), passed by a vote of 219-210. It would close the ‘Charleston loophole,’ which currently allows someone to legally purchase a gun if the background check has not been completed in three days. This gap in federal law is how the shooter purchased a gun that he later used to kill nine worshippers at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston back in 2015. Since 1998, the Charleston loophole has put over 75,000 guns into the hands of people who did not pass a background check.

“From Pulse to Parkland to Pensacola, our state has endured too many mass shootings caused by people who should not have been able to buy a gun in the first place. Thoughts are kind, and prayers are necessary, but Floridians are sick and tired of politicians coming up with excuse after excuse instead of doing their jobs to keep people safe. No more excuses!” said Rep. Crist. “Today, the People’s House has taken action against gun violence, with two common sense bills to expand background checks. Almost every law-abiding gun owner has passed a background check. For them, nothing changes. But for abusers, violent felons, and terrorists who are exploiting these loopholes to get weapons, they must be closed. We owe it to the memories of those we lost and the families they left behind to learn from what went wrong and to do something about it. Universal, nationwide background checks will make American families safer, and I’m proud to do my part today to make that a reality.”

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