|February 25, 2019
Legislation to Address Gun Violence Advances in the House
On Feb. 13, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee favorably reported HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, by a vote of 23-15. The AMA-supported bill would implement near-universal background checks for the purchase of firearms, effectively closing loopholes that allow sales at gun shows or through online sales to evade the current requirement that applies to federally licensed firearms dealers.
The 129th Maine Legislature also will consider several bills on gun violence and the MMA is very much involved in this advocacy along with the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Maine Coalition Against Gun Violence. The MMA membership passed a resolution at the 2018 Annual Session directing the MMA to step up its long-standing advocacy in favor of legislation to address gun violence.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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