|| Vote: 83 MOTION 27-Feb-2018|
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||184|| 184 |
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Prohibit Debate on Post-Parkland Bills
A yes vote was in opposition to allowing floor debate on the gun bills.
On a vote of 228 for and 184 against, the House on Feb. 27, 2018, blocked a Democratic resolution calling on the House to debate two gun-safety bills. One (HR 3464) would prevent a firearms dealer from selling a weapon before completion of a federal background check. The second bill (HR 4240) would incentivize reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) and expand criminal and mental-health background checks to cover all firearms transactions except those among family members, friends and hunting partners. The latter provision would eliminate exemptions for certain purchases occurring at gun shows, over the Internet and through classified ads. This vote was conducted after Republican leaders, who control the House agenda, declined to immediately bring gun legislation to the floor following a Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The Democratic resolution was quashed by the presiding officer's ruling that it did not qualify under House rules as a "privileged question" entitled to floor action. On the vote reported here, Republicans upheld that ruling after it was appealed by Democrats.
Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said: "I would say to my colleagues who are beholden to the National Rifle Association: I get it. If you don't want to stand up to them, that is fine. But don't stand in the way of this House having a debate on these issues and having a vote. Let the American people see where everybody stands, Democrats and Republicans alike."
No member spoke on the other side of the issue.
A yes vote was in opposition to allowing floor debate on the two bills.