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Dem. Congressman Announces New Universal Background Check Legislation to Help Curtail Gun Violence



Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) announced he will introduce bipartisan background checks legislation on January 8.

In a statement posted to his official Twitter account, the Congressman said that Democrats on the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force have “fought to take action to address gun violence” since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which left more than 20 people dead, the majority of them young children.

Thompson says he will join Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Arizona Representative Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt near Tucson in 2011, to announce his “new, bipartisan universal background checks legislation.”

Acknowledging that “the American people have been demanding” legislators work to address gun violence nationwide, Thompson promised that the new Congress “will deliver.”

Thompson’s announcement came as Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) announced that his administration will introduce a comprehensive package of legislation which “includes measures to require universal background checks; establish an Extreme Risk Protective Order; reinstate Virginia’s One Handgun a Month law; prohibit individuals subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms; ban assault firearms; prevent children from accessing firearms; and require individuals to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement,” according to WSET.

“We lose too many Virginians each year to senseless gun violence, and it is time we take meaningful steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” said Northam. “I look forward to opening a dialogue with the General Assembly on this legislative package of reasonable gun violence reforms, which appropriately balances Second Amendment Rights with public safety.”