Earlier this year, the House of Representatives voted to expand background checks and increase the wait time from three to ten days a gun seller must wait for an FBI background check to clear. The entire Democratic Caucus voted for the legislation except for Reps. Jared Golden (Maine) and Collin Peterson (Minn.).
Although Republicans have focussed primarily on ‘Red Flag’ laws to address the increase in mass shootings, interestingly enough, eight Republicans voted for the legislation. Recently, Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) came out in support of it following the recent mass shootings.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (Fla.)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.)
***Rep. Will Hurd (Texas)
Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
Rep. Brian Mast (Fla.)
Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.)
Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.)
***Rep. Hurd, the only African-American Republican in the House, will not seek re-election in 2020.
When Congress returns in September, some Republicans have said they want to work with Mitch McConnell on gun-related legislation, including background checks.