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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Rep. Sires Joins House Democrats in Demanding Action on Commonsense Gun Legislation

Jun 22, 2016
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, in the wake of the of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Congressman Sires joined House Democrats’ sit-in on the House Floor to demand that House Republicans bring commonsense, bipartisan legislation addressing gun violence to a vote.               

“While House Republicans have been silent after the tragedy in Orlando last week, average Americans have not,” said Rep. Sires. “Our constituents are demanding action, not inaction. We can no longer shrug our shoulders in the wake of gun violence; Congress must summon the courage to act.”

Congressman Sires, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, is a cosponsor of the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015, which would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. Congressman Sires is also a cosponsor of additional gun violence prevention legislation including:

  • the King-Thompson Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act;
  • the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015;
  • the Gun Violence Research Act;
  • the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015; and
  • the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2015.

“I am proud to have joined a veteran of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis, and my Democratic colleagues on the floor of the House today to demand a vote on commonsense legislation,” expressed Congressman Sires. “It is my hope that Speaker Ryan will listen to the will of the American people by allowing bipartisan measures to come to the House Floor for a vote.”