House Resolution 1217, which would lead to universal background checks on all gun purchases— including those made online or at gun shows—has received bipartisan support from several U.S. lawmakers. “A stronger background check system on commercial sales will make our communities safer and help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” said Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, in a prepared statement. “This legislation will help save lives while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans.” Meehan and fellow Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick are two of the bill’s cosponsors.

Current Pennsylvania law allows private sales of rifles, shotguns, and military-style semiautomatic weapons without requiring a background check.

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