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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Thompson Demands Vote on Background Checks Bill

Feb 27, 2018
Press Release
Legislation would help keep guns from dangerous individuals

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, offered a resolution to force a vote on the bipartisan H.R. 4240, the Thompson-King Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, and H.R. 3464, the Background Checks Completion Act of 2017. H.R. 4240 provides resources to help states strengthen and expand the background checks system and closes a number of gun sale loopholes. H.R. 3464 prohibits licensed gun dealers from selling guns to buyers without licenses without completing a background check.

“Background checks are proven to keep our schools and our communities safe from dangerous individuals. We all can agree that we should make the system stronger,” said Thompson. “That’s why I offered a resolution to immediately take up my bipartisan legislation to strengthen the background checks systems in states across our nation. It is shameful that this resolution was dismissed without a vote on strengthening background checks, but I will continue to fight for action that will keep our nation safer from gun violence.”

Click here for video of Thompson working to force this bill for a vote. Full text of the resolution can be found here.


Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.