Gun Violence Prevention
Over the last decade, more than 1.2 million Americans have been shot and millions have been victims, or witnesses, 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 310 people are injured and 100 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. When Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, we began voting on legislation to address the gun violence epidemic, and numerous bills passed our chamber with bipartisan support including H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. None of the bills passed by the House have been considered by the Senate and Speaker McConnell has yet to even schedule a vote on any of the common sense, broadly supported bills that have been introduced or sent to the Senate.
As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I am a cosponsor of common sense legislation and I will continue to push my colleagues in the Senate to consider legislation that the House has already passed. Among the legislation I have cosponsored is H.R. 1296, 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. 435, the Gun Violence Research Act, introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), which would authorize research programs to examine policies that reduce 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.
- H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
- H.R. 1186, the Keep Americans Safe Act
- H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
- H.R. 2708, the Disarm Hate Act
- H.R. 3552, the Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act
- H.R. 3553, the Untraceable Firearms Act of 2019
- H.R. 3554, the End Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act of 2019
- H.R. 3606, the High Speed Gunfire Prevention Act
- H.R. 3076, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019
- H.R. 687, the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2019
- H.R. 686, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2019
- H.R. 1279, the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2019
- H.R. 435, the National Gun Violence Research Act
- H.R. 2585, the Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act of 2019
More on Gun Violence Prevention
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed two commonsense bills that would expand the national background check system:
(Washington, D.C.) - Last week, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) joined co-sponsors Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) to announce the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2018. This legislation would overturn an outdated 1986 law to build a framework of commonsense standards for handgun gun ownership in the United States by creating a federal licensing and registration process for gun ownership with minimum requirements that:
While in Washington this week, I attended a Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on how Congress may best protect U.S. businesses in the international marketplace, cosponsored a resolution condemning the Russian chemical weapon attack in the U.K., and held a number of meetings. Additionally, the House passed school safety legislation which will enable schools to utilize violence prevention strategies. Finally, I attended a Foreign Affairs Committee markup which considered legislation on human rights violations in Iran.
This week in Washington, the nation struggled to come to terms with yet another incident of mass gun violence which targeted young students at a Florida high school. The President also released an overpromised, yet underfunded infrastructure plan and a misguided budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Additionally, I attended a Transportation Subcommittee hearing, a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing and held a number of meetings.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding yesterday’s shooting in Parkland, Florida:
As the new year begins, the growing unfinished business that remains is a pressing reminder of the work yet to be done when Congress returns to begin the second session of the 115th Congress on January 8th. Over the year, I have received almost 44,000 calls, letters, faxes and emails from constituents to voice your opinions on issues that have the greatest impact on the 8th District of New Jersey.
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.
(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).