Eight House GOP lawmakers bucked party lines and joined Democrats in supporting legislation aimed at strengthening background checks on firearm sales and transfers on Thursday.

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act — spearheaded by Rep.

(D-Calif.) — ultimately passed in a 227-203 vote, with one Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Jared Golden (Maine), opting to vote against it.

The bill would put new background check requirements in place for gun transfers between private parties.

Currently, unlicensed and private sellers are not required to conduct background checks for transfers on firearms despite licensed dealers being required to do so.

While the majority of Republicans pushed back against the measure, arguing it would be an infringement on Americans’ constitutional rights and argued it could hinder abuse victims from obtaining a gun for protection purposes in a timely fashion, proponents argued the measure would help curb gun violence and prevent firearms from falling in the wrong hands.

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