Supporters celebrate as House passes background check legislation

Gun policy reform groups declaring "Victory for Gun Sense"

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.8 -- The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 -- Wednesday afternoon, requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales.

The bill passed on a 240-190 vote, according to Politico, which called it "the most high-profile congressional vote on gun control in decades."

California Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted a photo to thank supporters:

And gun reform groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action were both celebrating a "Victory for Gun Sense:"

However, it is unlikely the Senate "will even take up the bill" and President Trump has threatened to veto the legislation, according to a report from Guns & America.

The bill "did garner modest GOP support," according to an NPR report, which also added: "In the end, only eight Republicans crossed party lines to support the bill."

Last month, 92 percent of respondents voiced support for requiring background checks for all gun buyers, according to a Quinnipiac poll.