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In Display of Cowardice, Senate Fails to Move Bill Expanding Background Checks

A few days after a deadly high school mass shooting in Michigan, Senate Republicans continues to refuse to pass life-saving gun laws

WASHINGTON, DC — Just a few days after a mass shooting at a Michigan high school left four students dead and several others injured, Senate Republicans blocked movement on a bill that would expand background checks and save lives from gun violence. 

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) asked for unanimous consent from the Senate to move H.R. 8, a commonsense bill that would require background checks on all gun sales. H.R. 8 passed in the House of Representatives in March of this year. 

“Once again, we saw a stunning display of cowardice from Senate Republicans, who blocked a bill that would require background checks on every gun sale. This is a measure supported by more than 90% of Americans,” said Adzi Vokhiwa, Giffords Federal Affairs Director. “These lawmakers continue to prioritize the corrupt interests of the gun lobby over those of the American people. Every day that we are not passing gun laws is a day that we are failing to save our people from preventable gun violence.”


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