Congress moves to act on gun control amid partisan debate about background checks
The House Judiciary Committee passed a measure Wednesday that would require background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers within the United States, the most significant gun-control legislation to advance this far in Congress in years.
“I’m afraid what we are engaged in here is an exercise in obfuscation and confusion that is meant to mask the fact that the Republicans are not in favor of . . . the universal background check legislation,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) “They want to hold this up as long as possible and score political points and try to confuse people and scare folks.”