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 McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons 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 PetersonThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Congress must work together and solve humanitarian crisis at the border GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions 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.)

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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Texas) *

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Progressive gun control activist on NRA: 'Don't count them out' McConnell faces pressure to bring Senate back for gun legislation MORE (N.Y.)

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (Ill.) **

Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Two cats visit Capitol Hill to thank lawmakers who helped end 'kitten slaughterhouse' Buzz Aldrin marks launch of Apollo 11 mission to the moon MORE (Fla.)

Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey The 9 House Republicans who support background checks The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (N.J.)

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe 9 House Republicans who support background checks Al Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' MORE (Mich.)

 

* Not seeking reelection in 2020

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