Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Feb 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 by a vote of 228 to 198. This bill extends the review period from three days to ten in order to fix what is now known as the “Charleston loophole.” Under current law, if the FBI fails to complete a background check in three business days, the individual is automatically cleared to purchase a gun. In 2016, the FBI issued over 4,000 orders to seize weapons from buyers who fell through the Charleston loophole that year: 

“The massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. that took the lives of nine innocent people in 2015 still pains us all. The coward that took those lives was able to acquire his firearm through what is now been exposed as the ‘Charleston loophole’. This bill closes this loophole so the small number of individuals that require further investigation are unable to buy guns by default. I support this common sense legislation as it protects the public at large, keeps dangerous people from obtaining a gun, and allows our law enforcement to complete thorough investigations.”