• Press Release

Background Check Bills Present Congress with Prime Opportunity to Act on Gun Violence

February 27, 2019

Activists Protest Chicago Police Department, Rahm Emanuel
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 31: Demonstrators calling for an end to gun violence and the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel march through downtown on December 31, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The shooting deaths by police of a 19-year-old college student Quintonio LeGrier and his 55-year-old neighbor Bettie Jones and a recently released video showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke have sparked dozens of protests in the city. Yesterday Emanuel announced several changes that would take place in the police department with the hope of preventing future incidents. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The House of Representatives is set to vote on two pieces of legislation this week that would be important steps in taking meaningful action against the human rights crisis of gun violence in the United States.

H.R. 8, which would require universal background checks, will be voted on February 27, and H.R. 1112, which would require enhanced background checks, will be voted on February 28.

“Universal and enhanced background checks would close deadly loopholes, preventing threats to public safety and ensuring that guns do not fall into dangerous hands.,” said Jasmeet Sidhu, senior researcher at Amnesty International USA. “Public safety is not a partisan issue. It is a human rights issue.”

Amnesty International USA released a major report last year, chronicling the ways in which gun violence in the United States infringes on human rights. AIUSA is asking their members to call on their senators and representatives to support the legislation.