UPDATED 1:33 PM PT — Wed. Dec. 5, 2018
House Democrats are reportedly pushing a bill to require background checks for every gun sale in the country.
According to reports this week, Congressman Mike Thompson plans to introduce the bill.
Federal law currently only requires background checks for customers buying from licensed dealers, but not for all online sales or private dealers.
However, critics are saying background checks do not prevent shootings. Several recent mass shooters passed checks to obtain their firearms.
Should the bill pass the House, it must still pass the Republican-controlled Senate and be signed by President Trump.