Eight House Republicans joined all but two Democrats to vote for increased gun control on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The House of Representatives passed the “Bipartisan Background Checks Bill (H.R. 8)” by a vote of 240 to 190. The bill would expand background checks for nearly every gun sale, but is not expected to pass the Republican-held senate.
The Republicans who voted in favor of the bill include:
- Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who has served in Congress since 2002 and was easily re-elected in Florida’s 25th district during the 2018 midterms
- Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan, who has represented Florida’s 16th district in Congress since 2007
- Florida Rep. Brian Mast, who is an advocate for gun control and has criticized gun rights groups such as the NRA
- Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who won a close race last November to represent Pennsylvania’s newly re-drawn first district, and has been a staunch supporter of gun control
With Democrats back in control, the House passed the most significant piece of gun control legislation in more than two decades. https://t.co/UDJEZrl5ID
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- Texas Rep. Will Hurd, who won one of the closest races in the country during the 2018 midterms and has voted with the Democrats on critical issues such as health care and immigration
- New York Rep. Pete King, who has been in Congress for a quarter-century and has previously advocated for Congress to pass tighter gun control laws
- New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith also voted in support of increased background checks, a policy proposal he has previously championed
- Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, who represents a moderate district in Michigan and is widely known for his bipartisanship
By William Davis