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Rep. Mikie Sherrill. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Sherrill, Malinowski tout background check bill

By Nikita Biryukov, February 27 2019 7:09 pm

Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) on Wednesday touted a gun control measure that would mandate background checks for all gun purchases except family transfers and recreational hunting.

“I constantly hear from residents throughout my community about the need for common sense action in Congress to reduce gun violence,” Sherrill said. “I’m incredibly proud that the first piece of legislation I co-sponsored passed with bipartisan support. As a veteran trained in firearms in the U.S. Navy, and a former federal prosecutor who worked to keep illegal guns off the streets of New Jersey, I know this bill is urgently needed.”

Sherrill is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

The measure will still need to work its way through the Senate, but that may prove a tall order.

Only eight Republicans crossed the aisle to support the measure in the House, and its expected to face hurdles in the Senate, where it may require 60 votes to advance.

“It’s time to end the NRA’s chokehold on Congress and apply nationwide the gun violence prevention measures that have saved lives in states like New Jersey,” Malinowski said.  “No child should be afraid to go to school, and Americans from all walks of life: students, parents, law enforcement, veterans, and law-abiding gun owners, are demanding that we act to keep our kids safe.”

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