Pelosi: A Bipartisan Step Forward to Reduce Gun Violence

May 29, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the House passed a bipartisan amendment – sponsored by Congressmen Mike Thompson and Peter King, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty – to invest an additional $19.5 million to help states improve their submissions to the national gun background check system.  The amendment passed by a vote of 260 to 145.

“Today, a bipartisan coalition of Members of the House voted to uphold our oath of office to protect and defend the American people.  Expanding our investments in the national background check system is essential to the effort to prevent gun violence.  But it is only one step.  Now, it is time to build on this success with further action. 

“We must act now to pass the bipartisan King-Thompson bill to strengthen background checks nationwide.  We must invest in prevention and intervention and a stronger mental health strategy.  We must do everything in our power to keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those at-risk of hurting themselves and others.

“The tragic and horrific shooting in Santa Barbara last week was the latest in a series of reminders of the urgent need to act.  It is our responsibility as public servants to keep the public safe – and it is long past time for strong, concrete steps to reduce gun violence in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.”

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