After far too many years of Republican inaction, House Democrats are finally working to address America’s gun violence epidemic. The House has passed bills to require universal background checks for all firearm purchases and to fix the Charleston Loophole, which allows firearm sales to proceed after 3 days even if a background check is not complete. This loophole allowed for the sale of the gun used by the perpetrator of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

In addition, for the first time in more than 20 years, House Democrats passed an appropriations bill that provides funding–$50 million—for gun violence research at the NIH and CDC.