Rep. Delgado Votes to Pass Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

March 11, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) voted to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act, two critically important gun safety bills that will save lives.

“Gun violence is a public health and safety crisis that has plagued our communities for far too long,” said Rep. Delgado. “Over 90% of Americans agree -- we need expanded background checks. Today, I voted to pass gun violence prevention legislation to strengthen background checks and close dangerous firearm loopholes, while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun-owners.”

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act would require a background check for every gun sale or transfer, with some reasonable and explicit exceptions that, for example, allow a person to: give a gun as a gift to a family member; loan a gun for hunting or target shooting; or temporarily transfer a gun for self-defense. This commonsense, bipartisan bill would codify a policy into law that has the support of 90% of Americans, including 85% of gun owners, according to recent polling.

The Enhanced Background Checks Act would address the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” which currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days. The 2015 massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killed nine innocent people and exposed an area of weakness in our federal gun laws, commonly referred to as the “Charleston Loophole.”