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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Gun Violence Prevention

Over the past five years in the United States, over 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence and millions have been victims of other crimes involving a gun.  Mass shootings have become far too common with tragedies occurring everywhere from schools and places of worship to concerts. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an average of 318 people are injured and 96 people die due to gun violence every day in America.  I am deeply concerned with the continued gun violence in our country and I support enacting and enforcing measures to protect innocent people from the terror of gun violence.

During this Congress alone, there have been numerous mass shootings that have shattered families and communities across the country.  After each one, Congress holds a moment of silence but without action and meaningful policy change, our moments of silence will just continue to signify inaction. During his time in office President Obama enacted a number of executive actions to combat gun violence in our country and make our communities safer.  However, it is ultimately up to Congress to pass long-term reforms and we have failed.  While there are dozens of pieces of legislation that have been introduced in the 115th Congress to limit the proliferation of dangerous weapons, none have been brought to the floor for a vote. 

As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I am a cosponsor of common sense legislation and I will continue to push Speaker Ryan to hold a vote on the House floor.  Among the legislation I have cosponsored is H.R. 5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).  This legislation would reinstate the ban on the sale, transfer, manufacturing, and importation of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than ten rounds, while protecting assault weapons used by members of the military and law enforcement.  I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 1478, the Gun Violence Research Act, introduced by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), which would repeal the Dickey Amendment and allow the Centers for Disease Prevention to sponsor research on the causes of gun violence.  It is my hope that my colleagues will come together to pass meaningful gun safety reforms because protecting people from gun violence should not be a partisan issue.

To stay updated on recent legislation that I have cosponsored, please continue to check this page.

Cosponsored Legislation

 

More on Gun Violence Prevention

Oct 13, 2017

This week in Washington, I voted to pass disaster assistance for Puerto Rico, cosponsored more legislation to address the gun violence epidemic, met with the Prime Minister of Srpska, and discussed the Iran deal at a Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing.

Puerto Rico

Oct 6, 2017

While in Washington this week, I cosponsored several pieces of legislation that would make it harder for guns to be converted, managed two bills on the House Floor, and I pressed a panel at the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Hearing on the urgent need for investment in transportation infrastructure. I also met with members of the New Jersey Education Association to discuss education priorities.

Oct 5, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – This week, in the wake of the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas that claimed dozens of lives, Congressman Sires joined his colleagues to introduce H.R. 3962, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, led by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and H.R. 3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).

Feb 6, 2017

While in Washington last week, I attended a hearing, held meetings, spoke on the House Floor, voted on, and cosponsored, important legislation.

Transportation Hearing

Jun 24, 2016

While in Washington this week I sent a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, attended a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing and CHLI Conference, and participated in the Democratic protest on the House Floor.

Jun 22, 2016

(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.               

Jun 20, 2016

(Newark, N.J.)– As the nation continues to grieve in the wake of last week’s deadly terror attack in Orlando, today U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) led a rally in Downtown Newark with Congressmen Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) along with anti-gun violence advocates, members of law enforcement, LGBT activists and community leaders in support of common sense solutions that reduce gun violence.

Jan 8, 2016
This week marked the beginning of the New Year. While in Washington, I attended a Foreign Affairs Committee markup, met with the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States, and sent a letter to President Obama regarding Iran's recent missile tests.

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