Gun Safety – Report on progress in the U.S. House

Email from Sarah Trumble, Director of Federal Legislative Campaigns, Everytown for Gun Safety, September 11, 2019

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced three pieces of lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation:

    • The Disarm Hate Act, which would prohibit people convicted of threatening or violent hate crimes from buying or possessing guns.
    • New prohibitions on high-capacity magazines, like the ones used by the shooter in Dayton.
    • A strong Red Flag law, which strengthens and expands the tools family members or law enforcement can use to intervene and temporarily suspend someone’s access to guns if a judge finds there is evidence that person poses a serious threat to themselves or others.

Yesterday’s Committee vote follows the critical steps the House already took to prevent gun violence in this country earlier this year. It passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, addressed the Charleston Loophole, took action to close the deadly “boyfriend loophole,” and allocated funding for gun violence research. The contrast between the House’s lifesaving action and the Senate’s inaction could not be more clear.

As the House continues to move important gun safety legislation forward, the Senate STILL has not taken a single action to prevent gun violence in America. We need to keep up the pressure and urge the Senate to pass stronger gun laws, starting with background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law. Send a message to your U.S. Senators and demand action to address gun violence in our country.

Thanks for all you do,

Sarah Trumble
Director of Federal Legislative Campaigns
Everytown for Gun Safety

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