Assistant Speaker Luján Statement on House Vote to Close the Charleston Loophole

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Assistant Speaker Luján Statement on House Vote to Close the Charleston Loophole

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the House vote today to close the “Charleston Loophole:”

“For an entire generation, Congress has responded to the murder of children, churchgoers, and individuals within our communities due to gun violence with a hollow call for thoughts and prayers. But while we prayed, Americans were murdered by the thousands.

“Today, we took another action to end senseless violence. For the second time in just one week, House Democrats passed historic gun safety legislation that will go far to keep Americans from being slaughtered in their places of worships, in their schools, and in their communities because of gun violence.”

The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 will close the “Charleston Loophole” by preventing gun sales from proceeding if a background check isn’t completed within three days, as allowed under current law.

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