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  • Beyer Joins Reps. Carbajal and Esty to Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence, Empower Families
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Beyer yesterday joined Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) in introducing the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, a bill that clears the way for states to empower families and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to prevent future tragedies due to gun violence. “We need to give families and law enforcement officers the ability to temporarily block gun purchases to anyone currently in mental crisis,” said Rep. Beyer. “When a person is an i... Read more

  • Beyer Calls on Congress to Address Public Health Crises Before Recess
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Healthcare

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on continuing Congressional inaction in the famous of major public health crises: “Gun violence, Zika, and contaminated drinking water are urgent problems confronting Americans now,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The fact that Congress has gone into summer recess without making progress on any of these issues is a stunning failure of leadership. We should not be leaving town without doing the people’s business. These problems cannot wait until Septe... Read more

  • Beyer Calls On Speaker, House Leadership To Hold Vote On Gun Violence Legislation Before Recess
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Representative Beyer today assailed Congressional inaction over the Orlando mass shooting and the public health crisis of gun violence ahead of a scheduled recess of the House of Representatives. Just last week, House Republicans voted to block consideration of H.R. 1076, the bipartisan “No Fly, No Buy” legislation, an idea supported by 86 percent of Virginia voters. “It is unacceptable for House leaders to refuse to act at this time,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Many of my constituents have written t... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Statement On Pulse Nightclub Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning: “Our hearts are broken. Forty-nine Americans, in the primes of their lives, murdered in the name of an evil ideology, targeted for their sexual orientation. I don’t want to believe the death toll. As with so many tragedies in our nation’s and the world’s history, we cannot fathom the cruelty and raw evil of man’s inhumanity to man. “But it seems essential that we ... Read more

  • Beyer Bill Lets ATF Do Its Job
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Citing constraints on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that prevent it from carrying out its mission to enforce gun safety laws, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the ATF Enforcement Act today. In addition to removing procedural blocks that prevent the ATF from protecting American families, the bill would also allow the ATF Director position to bypass the Senate confirmation process. “Very few people deny that gun violence is a serious problem,” said Rep. Beyer. “But... Read more

  • House Rejects Beyer Amendment to Keep Guns Away from Dangerous Criminals
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    The House of Representatives today rejected Rep. Beyer’s gun safety amendment to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (SHARE Act). On a mostly party-line vote, the House declined to restrict dangerous individuals from using target ranges on public land. “The House made a dangerous decision today to allow convicted felons unfettered access to public target ranges, without any safety protections,” said Rep. Beyer. “My amendment would simply have prohibited people alrea... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Executive Action on Gun Violence Prevention
    Posted in Press Releases on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement in support of President Obama’s executive action to help prevent gun violence in America. “The President’s actions today will help to strengthen the current background check system, and ensure more people undergo those checks before buying a firearm,” said Rep. Beyer. “These actions are long overdue and will help to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. I applaud the President and Attorney General.” “Given the inherent limit... Read more

  • Beyer Joins Rep. Cicilline to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban Renewal
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) joined Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and dozens of Democratic co-sponsors today to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would renew the federal ban on military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. President Bill Clinton signed the original ban into law, but Congress allowed it to expire in 2004 under the Bush Administration. Read more

  • Beyer Responds to ‘Virginia Under the Gun’
    Posted in Press Releases on October 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report this morning, Virginia Under the Gun, detailing four aspects of gun violence in Virginia that stand out above the national average. Read more

  • Beyer Commends McAuliffe’s Executive Order to Keep Guns from Dangerous Individuals
    Posted in Press Releases on October 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer thanked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for signing an executive order to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals by better enforcing pre-existing Virginia laws. “We must keep families in our Commonwealth and the nation safe from gun violence,” said Rep. Beyer. “This Executive Order will support our Attorney General and our law enforcement personnel as they take real, tangible steps toward curbing unnecessary gun violence. Common sense actions like this one – ... Read more