The 9 House Republicans who support background checks

The 9 House Republicans who support background checks
© Greg Nash

Two mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed a combined 31 people have reinvigorated the debate in Washington over gun control.

While Democrats have pushed for a slate of measures ranging from universal background checks to a ban on assault weapons after the shootings, Republicans have so far mostly focused on so-called red flag laws that allow law enforcement to bar those suspected of posing a threat to themselves or others from getting a weapon.

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Some in the GOP have opened the door to debating an expansion of background checks on Capitol Hill, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play House Democrats to vote on flavored e-cigarettes ban next year MORE (R-Ky.) saying both red flag laws and background checks would be “front and center” when Congress returns from recess in mid-September.

The House earlier this year passed two resolutions that, among other things, would impose universal background checks and lengthen the amount of time a gun seller has to wait for an FBI background check to clear from three days to 10 days.

The entire House Democratic caucus voted to expand background checks except for Reps. Jared Golden (Maine) and Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Vulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote Group of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report MORE (Minn.).

Here are the nine House Republicans who voted in February in support of the background check legislation or came out in support of it recently:

Rep. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.)

Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartHouse passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers House passes stopgap as spending talks stall Bipartisan group reveals agricultural worker immigration bill MORE (Fla.)

Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickOvernight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Mark Ruffalo brings fight against 'forever chemicals' to Capitol Hill MORE (Pa.)

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Republicans preview impeachment defense strategy MORE (Texas) *

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingDemocrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues Retiring lawmaker's 2018 opponent won't run for seat, citing 'difficult' pregnancies MORE (N.Y.)

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Honoring service before self House approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump MORE (Ill.) **

Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastA new way to address veteran and military suicides VA might not be able to end veteran homelessness, but we shouldn't stop trying GOP lawmaker mistakenly wishes Navy happy birthday with photo of Russian ship MORE (Fla.)

Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithGOP lawmaker to offer bill to create universal charitable deduction on 'Giving Tuesday' China threatens 'strong countermeasures' if Congress passes Hong Kong legislation This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE (N.J.)

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonShimkus says he's reconsidering retirement Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (Mich.)

 

* Not seeking reelection in 2020

** Came out in support of background checks after recent shootings