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RELEASE: Leading National Organizations Voice Widespread Support Ahead of House Vote on Background Checks

Over 40 organizations, including law enforcement, veterans, and medical groups support background checks legislation

February 25, 2019 — As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, leading national organizations from all walks of American life are urging lawmakers to pass this lifesaving bill that protects Americans from gun violence. The organizations, which include law enforcement, veterans, medical, education, human rights, gun violence prevention, faith-based, and social justice and civic engagement groups, highlight the fact that background checks for all gun sales are supported by a large majority of people from all sectors of American life.

The Giffords Veterans Coalition and Law Enforcement Coalition are among the groups urging Congress to pass H.R. 8. Just last week, 13 high-ranking military leaders, including General Stanley A. McChrystal (Ret.), General Michael Hayden (Ret.), and Lieutenant General Mark Hertling (Ret.), sent a letter to congressional leadership highlighting the fact that horrific mass shootings and the daily toll of gun violence have left Americans feeling less safe and called on Congress to close loopholes in the country’s background check system that leave communities in danger. Members of Giffords Law Enforcement Coalition, including police chiefs from across the country, also sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to pass H.R. 8.

Recent public opinion research shows near unanimous support for the measure: 97% of Americans—including 99% of Democrats, 97% of Republicans, and 97% of gun owners—support requiring background checks on all gun sales. The gun death rate in America has reached its highest level in nearly 40 yearsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that in 2017, nearly 40,000 Americans died from gun violence, more than 100 Americans every day.

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act has broad support from some of the nation’s leading organizations, including

Law Enforcement Organizations

Veterans Organizations

Medical Organizations

Education Organizations

Human Rights Organizations

Gun Violence Prevention Organizations

Faith-based Organizations

Social Justice and Civic Engagement Organizations

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