Sherrill Co-Sponsors Universal Background Check Bill

By on January 9, 2019

On Tuesday, Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ11) announced her first co-sponsorship of legislation will be H.R. 8, a bipartisan universal background check bill.

“My first bill co-sponsorship in Congress is a bipartisan proposal for universal background checks,” said Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill. “This is the anniversary of a tragedy that showed that no one is immune from the threat of gun violence. This common sense background check bill is a first step by our new Congress to address this country’s gun violence epidemic.”

To be introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson of California, H.R. 8 comes on the 8th anniversary of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona that left six individuals dead at a constituent event in Tucson, Arizona. H.R. 8 closes a loophole in current law by requiring universal background checks for gun purchases with specific exemptions for family transfers and recreational hunting.

Representative Mikie Sherrill, who was elected in November to represent the district that includes Verona, is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives. With experience with firearms in the U.S. Navy and as a federal prosecutor that worked to keep guns off the streets of New Jersey, Sherrill has been a strong proponent of gun safety legislation.

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