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Lipinski Statement on Vote to Expand Background Checks for Gun Sales

Today I supported commonsense, bipartisan legislation to require all gun sellers – including private vendors, online sellers, and sellers at gun shows – to conduct background checks on potential buyers. One way we can prevent the devastating consequences of gun violence in our society is requiring background checks to prevent those with criminal records, domestic violence restraining orders, and mental health issues from obtaining guns. #HR8 does not unreasonably burden those who are lawful gun purchasers. This legislation will help to prevent guns from getting in the hands of those who are a threat to themselves and others and will better protect society.