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Manning Cosponsors Background Check Bills, Votes in Favor of Passage

March 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06) voted in favor of H.R. 8, which calls for universal background checks on all gun sales, and H.R. 1446 which closes the “Charleston loophole”. Rep. Manning is a cosponsor of both bills.

“The passage of H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 are a strong step in the right direction to ensure that we’re protecting American lives at school, work, church, and public gatherings,” said Rep. Manning. “Ninety percent of Americans agree that universal background checks should be implemented on gun sales. I cosponsored these bills because we can and we must do more to keep Americans safe.”

Read more about each bill:

H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021: This bill requires a background check on every gun sale or transfer with limited exceptions.The exceptions in this bill include but are not limited to a gun transfer that is a gift between spouses, domestic partners, or between parents and their children and a temporary transfer that is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

H.R. 1446, Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021: The bill takes several steps in extending the time allowed for the FBI to complete a background check. First, the bill extends the initial background check review period from 3 business days to 10 business days. After the initial 10 business day period, if a background check has not been completed, a purchaser may request an escalated review by the FBI. This request for an escalated review will trigger a more intensive FBI investigation, designed to resolve the case within an additional 10-business day period.  If the additional 10 business days elapse without a response from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system, then the dealer may sell or transfer the gun to the purchaser.  Transactions for prospective purchasers who do not request an escalated review will not proceed until the case is resolved.