Firearm background check bill garners support from Raleigh advocacy groups

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – H.R. 8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Bill making its way to the U.S. House of Representatives, is getting support from gun safety advocates in Raleigh.

On Wednesday night, the Giffords Foundation, March For Our Lives, Town Hall Project, and Levi Strauss & Co. held their “Gun Safety Town Hall” in Raleigh.

Kim Yaman, who lives in Cary, sat on the panel. Yaman survived a 1991 mass shooting on the University of Iowa campus and a gunshot wound as a teenager.

“It never ever, ever goes away. I still have PTSD. I still can smell what it smells like. I can still hear the sounds,” she said.

Advocates say H.R. 8 would close loopholes by requiring a federal background check on every gun sale.

Rep. David Price (D) spoke before the panel saying the bill, while basic, is the most likely piece of gun control legislation to pass.

“We’re going to make the background check system work. We’re going to make it comprehensive. It’s not going to leak like a sieve anymore,” Price said.

In a series of tweets, the NRA criticized the bill by saying it would make it harder for law-abiding citizens to be able to access firearms and protect themselves.

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 8,  and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Advocates say H.R. 1112 would provide additional time to complete a background check before a firearm sale.

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