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.”
“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.