Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Responds to Passage of House Background Check Bills

Feb 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019.

“Ninety percent of Americans support expanded background checks for gun purchases. Criminals, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill should not be permitted to legally obtain guns. Now it’s up the Senate to do the right thing.”

H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, would require background checks for all gun purchases.

H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act would expand the initial background check review period for gun sales from three days to ten days. This legislation would close the loophole that allowed Charleston, S.C. shooter, Dylann Roof, to purchase the gun he used in the deadly church shooting when he was not eligible.