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 McConnellMcConnell in talks with Mnuchin on next phase of coronavirus relief Pelosi: 'We shouldn't even be thinking' about reopening schools without federal aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K 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 approves statehood for DC in 232-180 vote House to pass sweeping police reform legislation From farmers to grocery store clerks, thank you to all of our food system 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-BalartPelosi asks House chairs to enforce mandatory mask-wearing during hearings House GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Association of American Railroads Ian Jefferies says no place for hate, racism or bigotry in rail industry or society; Trump declares victory in response to promising jobs report MORE (Fla.)

Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (Pa.)

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard Hurd4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push MORE (Texas) *

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingCheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney On The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to 'improve' House Democrats' coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans MORE (N.Y.)

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerPentagon: 'No corroborating evidence' yet to validate troop bounty allegations Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Trump faces bipartisan calls for answers on Russian-offered bounties MORE (Ill.) **

Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastDemocrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers House Republicans push back against proxy voting GOP lawmakers consider returning to DC despite coronavirus shutdown MORE (Fla.)

Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithChina sanctions Cruz, Rubio, others over Xinjiang legislation New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Republican Rep. Chris Smith easily wins primary in New Jersey MORE (N.J.)

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonGOP lawmaker: Refusal to wear masks is 'tragic' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push MORE (Mich.)

 

* Not seeking reelection in 2020

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