Rep. Mike Thompson Announces Bipartisan Support for Firearm Background Checks Bill

Bill would strengthen and improve background checks system

Washington – Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that he now has 200 co-sponsors from both parties for his bipartisan Thompson-King Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, a bill that would give states resources to help them submit information to the background checks system.

The bill would also expand the system to cover all commercial firearm sales, closing gun show, internet, and classified ad loopholes.

In February, Thompson demanded a vote for a resolution to force a vote on the bipartisan H.R. 4240, the Thompson-King Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, and H.R. 3464, the Background Checks Completion Act of 2017. H.R. 4240 provides resources to help states strengthen and expand the background checks system and closes a number of gun sale loopholes. H.R. 3464 prohibits licensed gun dealers from selling guns to buyers without licenses without completing a background check.

“Background checks are proven to keep our schools and our communities safe from dangerous individuals. We all can agree that we should make the system stronger,” said Thompson. “That’s why I offered a resolution to immediately take up my bipartisan legislation to strengthen the background checks systems in states across our nation. It is shameful that this resolution was dismissed without a vote on strengthening background checks, but I will continue to fight for action that will keep our nation safer from gun violence.”

Click here (link is external) for video of Thompson working to force this bill for a vote. Full text of the resolution can be found here (link is external).

“It is clear that members of both parties and the President himself agree – we need a strengthened background checks system to help keep our nation safe. That’s why I am pleased to announce a record number of supporters, Democrats and Republicans, for my bipartisan bill to expand the system,” said Thompson. “This support marks the overwhelming public support for strengthening background checks and the urgent need to take action immediately. Let’s hold a vote now and act to help prevent gun violence.”

Republican co-sponsors include Representatives Costello, Curbelo, Fitzpatrick, King, Lance, Meehan, Dent, Donovan, Mast, Ros-Lehtinen, and Smith.

Democratic co-sponsors include Representatives Adams, Aguilar, Barragan, Bass, Beatty, Bera, Beyer, Blumenauer, Blunt Rochester, Bonamici, Bordallo, Boyle, Brady, Brown, Brownley, Bustos, Butterfield, Capuano, Carbajal, Cardenas, Carson, Cartwright, Castor, Castro, Chu, Cicilline, Clark , Clarke, Clay, Clyburn, Cohen, Connolly, Cooper, Correa, Costa, Courtney, Crist, Crowley, Cummings, Danny Davis, Susan Davis, DeFazio, DeGette, Delaney, DeLauro, DelBene, Demings, DeSaulnier, Deutch, Dingell, Doggett, Doyle, Ellison, Engel, Eshoo, Espaillat, Esty, Evans, Foster, Frankel, Fudge, Gabbard, Gallego, Garamendi, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gottheimer, Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hanabusa, Hastings, Heck, Higgins, Himes, Hoyer, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, Jr., Kaptur, Keating, Kelly, Kennedy, Khanna, Kihuen , Kildee, Kilmer, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Langevin, Larsen, Larson, Lawrence, Lawson , Lee, Levin, Lewis, Lieu, Lipinski, Loebsack, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Lowey, Lujan, Lujan Grisham, Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Patrick Maloney, Matsui, McCollum, McEachin, McGovern, McNerney, Meeks, Meng, Moore, Moulton, Murphy, Nadler, Napolitano, Neal, Nolan, Norcross, Norton, O’Halleran, O’Rourke, Pallone, Panetta, Pascrell, Payne, Pelosi, Peters, Perlmutter, Pingree, Plaskett, Pocan, Polis, Price, Quigley, Raskin, Rice, Richmond, Rosen, Roybal-Allard, Ruiz, Ruppersberger, Rush, Tim Ryan, Sanchez, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schneider, Schrader, Bobby Scott, David Scott, Serrano, Shea-Porter, Sherman, Sires, Slaughter, Smith, Soto, Speier, Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, Bennie Thompson, Titus, Tonko, Torres, Tsongas, Vargas, Veasey, Vela, Velazquez, Visclosky, Walz, Wasserman Shultz, Waters, Watson Coleman, Welch, Wilson, and Yarmuth.


Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.



  1. Given the insanity of Democrats I would NEVER support anything this hateful, intolerable, racist political party advocates.

    Democrats have literally and figuratively destroyed California and if I ever get the opportunity I’m getting the hell out of state that is full of Idiots!

  2. Rep. Is short for representative not Republican. Make no mistake he is another CA DEMOCRAT who’s screwing up the state of CA.

    Maybe I overlooked it but I didn’t see his political designation such as a D next to his name and district. Let’s be honest when dealing with this subject or anything that has to do with the 2nd Amendment. The Democrats have an anti gun agenda and at this point they are not even hiding it.

  3. Many weapons used in the commission of crimes are bought on the black market or stolen, so how will this bill help? How do you determine that some nut case hasn’t legally purchased a firearm which he plans to use to wipe out as many people as he can? Will a background check show that he’s under psychiatric care? Is there a data base in existence which lists these people? Are psychiatrists required by law to out their crazy patients’ names in a national wide data base? I don’t think so!

  4. It gets WORSE.

    As ICE raids ramp up, Contra Costa launches hotline for legal help, reporting ICE sightings. -East Bay Times

    “The program could not have started soon enough,” Gioia said. “I’m not concerned about retaliation. I feel we’ve done the right thing. It protects families from being torn apart. Many of the individuals that ICE has gone after are not a threat to our community.”

    Note to John Gioia: if it is families being torn apart, then they ALL can move back to their country where they have legal status.

    Read the entire linked article here. This is an outrage and misuse of tax dollars and overreaching by the local board of Supervisors. Enough is enough.


    “Unfortunately, with the hate and threats against immigrant families, many have not been able to access legal help to ensure due process rights are protected,” said Supervisor John Gioia

    Another not to Gioia: you seem to have a problem saying and recognizing the word ILLEGAL. FACT: ICE isn’t after legal immigrants, quite the contrary. They are here to arrest and deport the illegal ones. It’s too bad for you if that cuts into your voter base John. You have been exposed.

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