Sen. Schumer calls on Leader McConnell to allow emergency gun safety legislation voting

Kimberly Dole
August 05, 2019 - 11:42 am
Chuck Schumer

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NEW YORK (1010) -- Senator Chuck Schumer calls on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the senate back for emergency session to take action on bipartisan house-passed gun safety legislation following the mass shootings over the weekend.

Schumer demanded the Senate be allowed to vote on legislation the house passed in February to establish universal gun background checks.

“America’s citizenry is on the brink, suffering in pain for people they love, communities they call home, and even strangers they have never met, said Schumer. "And the mangled tie that binds this suffering, this fear, and this deep worry torturing every corner of the country now is rooted in the proliferation of semi-automatic assault weapons, their all too easy access, and the loopholes that ensure their omnipresence.” 

Citing El Paso, Dayton and the more than 200 other mass shootings that occurred this year alone, Schumer says the Senate must finally debate and vote on a meaningful gun safety legislation. 

“Tonight, to Leader McConnell, we say: enough must finally be enough. Stop blocking gun safety reforms that more than 90% of Americans have long sought passed. The Majority Leader should, once-and-for-all, do the right thing and gavel the Senate into an emergency session so we can take immediate action on the bipartisan, already-passed gun safety legislation the House sent to the Senate in February,” Schumer added. 

Federal law already requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on gun purchasers and transferees, but this legislation would address
a loophole that allows people who should not possess a gun to legally acquire one by requiring unlicensed gun sellers to perform background checks.

Approximately 14,000 people have died since the the house passed the legislation in February, due to gun violence. 

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