Congresswoman Elaine Luria Urges Senate to Reconvene and Pass Bipartisan House Bills to Expand Background Checks on Gun Purchases

August 8, 2019
Press Release
20-Year Navy Veteran Voted in Support of Both Bills in February

WASHINGTON – Two months after a mass shooting killed 12 in Virginia Beach and days after 31 died in weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week urged the Senate to reconvene and pass commonsense gun safety legislation passed by the House in February.

Sent days after the weekend shootings occurred within hours of each other, the letter urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to drop his longstanding blockade on even allowing the House-passed legislation to come to a vote in the chamber he controls.

“Our communities cannot continue to grieve while Senator McConnell refuses to allow a vote on commonsense measures to address gun violence. In the 162 days since the House passed legislation requiring universal background checks, 196 lives have been lost to mass shootings in our country,” Congresswoman Luria said. “It is dereliction of duty for the Senate to remain in recess while our communities live in fear of the next mass shooting.”

Signed by Congresswoman Luria and 213 other House members, the letter urges the Senate to cancel its August recess to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both bills are bipartisan and enjoy broad support. Although the House passed both bills in February with Congresswoman Luria’s vote, they have not yet been considered in the Senate.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.