REPORT: Eight Republicans side with Dems on background checks for gun sales

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Eight House Republicans voted with Democrats on Wednesday to support legislation that would require universal background checks for gun sales, despite opposition from the gun lobby.
Nearly all of the Republicans who broke with their party are centrists, including multiple who represent competitive swing districts.
The article goes on to state the following:
The number of GOP defectors was only slightly higher than the five Republicans who had signed on as co-sponsors to the legislation.
The names of the GOP defectors are:
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) (co-authored the bill with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.))
Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) (co-sponsor)
Rep. Brian Mast (Fla.) (co-sponsor)
Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) (co-sponsor)
Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.) (co-sponsor)
Rep. Vern Buchanan (Fla.)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. Will Hurd (Texas)
According to a  local ABC affiliate, Buchanan said, “Our laws cannot be effective if there are gaping loopholes that allow criminals and deranged individuals to purchase firearms at gun shows or over the Internet without being subject to background checks. Today I voted for HR 8 to close these loopholes – a proposal supported by over 90 percent of gun owners in America, according to respected polling organizations.”

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