Everyone I know is heartbroken by the death and devastation caused by America’s gun violence epidemic in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and communities across America every day. I hear consistently from our neighbors with heartfelt messages and calls for action.
Congress has a duty to prevent gun violence and House Democrats have taken action. Nearly six months ago, I helped lead my colleagues in passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, a commonsense bill that ensures all gun sales and transfers are subject to a background check that should help stop senseless violence by individuals who should not have a firearm. House Democrats also passed H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, to close the “Charleston loophole” after the South Carolina gunman in 2015 was able to purchase weapons after a 3-day federal background check ran out of time to turn up a prior conviction. The bill would extend the time to complete a background check. I also am cosponsoring bills to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have refused to bring these bills to a vote. Their inaction is inexcusable. My colleague U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and I and other members are urging Senate Leader McConnell to call the Senate back into session and take immediate action to pass these bills. I encourage you to weigh in as well by calling Senators McConnell, Rubio and Scott through the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121 or their local offices.
Thank you for being an engaged citizen! I look forward to hearing from you at upcoming one-on-one sessions this month on this and issues important to Tampa Bay.
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