By Micah Rate
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Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed and passed the first gun control bill of the 116th Congress.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 received the necessary votes to move on to the Senate Wednesday after passing on a 240-190 vote.
The purpose of the Act is “to utilize the current background checks process in the United States to ensure individuals prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain firearms.”
According to the text of the bill, it would require a background check for every gun sale.
It reads in part:
(A) It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to transfer a firearm to any other person who is not so licensed, unless a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer has first taken possession of the firearm for the purpose of complying with subsection (s).
The text of the legislation does provide some exemptions.