Doyle Supports Bipartisan Background Checks Bill

February 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) spoke on the House Floor earlier today in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, which is scheduled for a vote later today. Mr. Doyle is a cosponsor of the Bipartisan Background Check Act, which would require background checks for nearly all firearm purchases. The text of his speech follows below.

“Mr. Speaker, more than 500 Pennsylvanians are murdered with guns each year, causing untold suffering and tearing our communities apart. Pennsylvanians are crying out for common-sense legislation to stop the bloodshed - legislation like HR 8, the bill before us today.

“Nobody thinks universal background checks would eliminate gun violence – but the facts strongly suggest that they’d reduce it. In 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police ran over a million background checks on would-be gun purchasers. The vast majority of purchases were approved within a few minutes. ut 13,000 purchases were stopped – and the background checks led to the arrest of 150 wanted fugitives and the arrest and conviction of 500 other individuals for illegally attempting to obtain a firearm. Those background checks put some bad guys in jail. They probably saved some lives as well.

“Let’s help our police enforce the laws that keep guns out of dangerous hands. Vote for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act.”

Click here to see Congressman Doyle giving this speech on the House Floor.