Bill aimed closing at ‘Charleston Loophole’ passes in House

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WCBD) – H.R. 1112 has officially passed in the House of Representatives.

It was 20 days ago that H.R.1112 was introduced to the House by Majority Whip Clyburn and Representatives Cunningham and King.

The bill is called the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 and it aims to close the ‘Charleston Loopole’.

“What happens today on the House floor, and what we do as elected officials to right that wrong will speak volumes of Charlestonians, of South Carolinians, and of Americans.

Right now a potential gun owner can buy a gun if the background check doesn’t come back within three days. This bill extends that waiting period to ten days. 

The ‘Charleston Loophole’ allowed Dylann Roof to get the gun he used in the shooting at Mother Emanuel.

“Dylann Roof got his gun because we didn’t give enough time for the background check system to work as it should,” said Kris Brown, with Brady’s Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The loophole has allowed thousands of guns have been sold to people with criminal histories or reported mental health issues.

“Not asking for something major, not asking to change or alter, but just to give people the time to do the proper background check so that individuals like Mr. Roof wont go out there and create chaos,” said Jennifer Pinckney, widow of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, killed at Mother Emanuel.

Most House republicans are against the background check extension, but in a house led by the Democrats, H.R. 1112 had more than enough votes to pass.

H.R.1112 as well as H.R. 8 which passed Wednesday are the first pieces of gun legislation to pass in the House in more than 20 years.

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