Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), today issued the following statement on the settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Ghaisar family in the civil lawsuit over the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police:
“This settlement is the clearest admission to date that Bijan Ghaisar did not deserve to be shot and killed on that awful November night in 2017.
“The officers who shot… Read more »
Today U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) announced the reintroduction of the ATF Improvement and Modernization (AIM) Act. The bill would improve and modernize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to better equip the Bureau to crack down on gun violence and the illegal use of firearms.
“For years the gun lobby and its allies in Congress… Read more »
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement ten years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
“Ten years ago today we lost 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I’ll never forget how awful and shocking that day felt and still feels a decade later.
“The unthinkable horror of that mass shooting changed minds and… Read more »
U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine along with U.S. Reps. Don Beyer and Jennifer Wexton (all D-VA) released the following statement today, five years after the shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar:
“Today marks five years since Bijan was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police. While we appreciate that the current leadership of the Department of the Interior has taken several positive steps… Read more »
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), author of the Assault Weapons Excise Act and cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban, today issued the following statement after the House passed the Assault Weapons Ban:
“For years the American people have watched in horror as mass shootings claim more and more innocent lives in schools, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, synagogues, malls, bars, and workplaces,… Read more »
The JEC released a new report highlighting how the gun industry is profiting off of gun violence. This report, which makes the case that gun companies are locked in a dangerous “race to the bottom” in products and practices that is creating a cycle of violence, comes amid growing momentum to hold gunmakers accountable for the enormous toll of gun violence on our society and on our… Read more »
Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced legislation to improve and modernize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in order to strengthen gun safety in our communities. The legislation – which follows last week’s Senate confirmation of Steve Dettelbach to serve as ATF Director – would… Read more »
Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), delivered the following opening statement at a hearing entitled “The Economic Toll of Gun Violence: How Our Nation Bears the Costs.” Remarks are as prepared.
“It is abundantly clear that the United States is facing a gun violence crisis that is unique in its deadliness and… Read more »
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), co-lead on the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act and co-founder of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, today issued the following statement on the enactment of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, gun violence legislation passed by Congress on bipartisan votes in the Senate and House late last week, and signed into law by President Biden on Saturday:
“The… Read more »
U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen striking down a century-old New York law that imposed restrictions on the concealed carry of firearms in public:
“The Supreme Court's unelected conservative majority is telling Americans, who overwhelmingly support commonsense… Read more »