[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 108 (Wednesday, July 6, 2016)]
[House]
[Page H4291]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




                        PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

  (Mr. HIGGINS asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, every day, 170 felons, 50 domestic abusers, 
and 20 fugitives are prevented from buying a gun after a background 
check raised a red flag.
  Unfortunately, loopholes allow buyers to circumvent background checks 
at gun shows and over the Internet, which represents 40 percent of all 
gun purchases. This practice is neither safe nor smart. It is not fair 
to responsible gun buyers or sellers.
  Closing these loopholes has broad bipartisan support. In fact, 90 
percent of Americans--and 81 percent of Republicans--support background 
checks for all gun purchases.
  Congress can and should do more to prevent gun violence. Background 
checks can keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, fugitives, 
and people under investigation for terror activity.
  It is time for a vote on this commonsense and bipartisan measure. 
Let's close these loopholes and keep guns out of the hands of 
terrorists and criminals.

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