CHATHAM, NJ - Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill believes it would be "a layup" if the U.S. Senate voted on her proposed legislation that would require universal background checks for the purchase of guns.

Sherrill, who represents New Jersey's 11th District, which includes Chatham, responded to questions about gun safety in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Colorado at the National Night Out event held at Colony Pool on Tuesday night. 

"The first bill I co-sponsored when I got the House of Representatives was H.R. 8," Sherrill said. "It's universal background checks for gun purchases with carve-outs for hunters and personal protection. 

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"I am really hoping the Senate takes up this bill. It just seems like a layup. Over 97 percent of Americans agree with universal background checks."

Sherrill talks about H.R. 8, the first bill she co-sponsored as a member of the House of Representatives in the video below.

Sherrill asserts that gun safety is not a partisan issue while advocating for universal background checks in the video below.

In addition to Chatham, Sherrill's busy National Night Out schedule had her making visits to events in Florham Park, Morristown, Denville, Pompton Lakes, Livingston and Parsippany.