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How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill

By: - February 27, 2019 5:23 pm

The majority-Democrat U.S. House voted 240-190 Wednesday to approve the first, major piece of standalone gun-control legislation to come before the chamber in two decades. The bill, which requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases, now goes to the Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the legislation.

Here’s how every member of Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation voted on the bill, and their public statements on it, if applicable.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District: Yes.

“When 40,000 Americans are killed by firearms each year and another 80,000 are wounded in the crossfire, we have an epidemic on our hands,” Dean said in a statement. “No other industrialized country in the world treats gun violence so casually, and neither should we. Thanks to activists across America and an emboldened Congress, today we say: no more.”

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District: No

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District: No

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District: No

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District: No

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District: No

U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-15th District: No

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District: No

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District: Yes

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District: Yes

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.