Gun Violence

Beyer: Supreme Court Guns Ruling “Extremely Dangerous”

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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 reforms to prev...

Beyer Introduces Reconciliation-Ready Legislation To Restrict Assault Weapons

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Rep. Don Beyer today introduced the Assault Weapons Excise Act, legislation that would impose a 1000 percent excise tax on the manufacture, production, or importation of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. The bill contains an exemption for federal, state, and local government entities, so the armed services and law enforcement would be unaffected. As a revenue measure, the bil...

House Passes Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act

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The U.S. House today passed the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. This gun violence prevention legislation that would create a federal “red flag” law, empowering family members and law enforcement to restrict access to guns, after due process, for those who pose a danger to themselves or others. It would also give states guidance and grants to set up and implement extreme risk protection ...

A New Proposal To Address Mass Shootings

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In recent weeks I’ve heard from a huge number of Northern Virginians in letters, calls, and at community events about the urgent need to address gun violence. Like you, I am horrified by recent mass shootings that have claimed so many innocent lives. These tragedies, including the killing of 19 children and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, the killing of 10 people at a grocery s...

House Passes Sweeping Gun Safety Legislation

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The U.S. House of Representatives this evening passed the Protecting Our Kids Act, a sweeping package of gun violence prevention legislation that represents some of the broadest action to address mass shootings and save lives undertaken by either chamber of Congress in nearly three decades. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, voted in favor ...

Uvalde Response: Your Questions Answered

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Many constituents have called my office asking about my positions on gun safety legislation following the awful mass shooting that took the lives of 19 children and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. Here are answers to some of these questions, for more please see here and here. Do you support universal background checks? — Yes. I voted for HR 8 and HR 1446. Do you support red fla...

Chairman Beyer on Biden-Harris FY22 Discretionary Funding Request: A Blueprint for Building Back Better, Stronger

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement in response to the release of the Biden-Harris administration’s FY22 discretionary funding request: “The Biden-Harris administration’s FY22 discretionary funding request would make critical investments to boost education in low-income areas, fight climate change, adva...

Beyer Statement On Reported Nomination Of His Constituent, Retired ATF Special Agent David Chipman, To Serve As ATF Director

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the widely reported decision by President Biden to nominate Beyer’s constituent, retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) special agent David Chipman, to serve as ATF Director: “David Chipman has spent a long and distinguished career working to save American lives by preventing gun violence, efforts which included risking ...

House Passes Major Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, today voted for H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require a background check for every gun sale, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, which would close the Charleston loophole. “These bills represent the most important gun violence prevention legislation in a quarter c...

Beyer, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Improve ATF, Strengthen Gun Violence Prevention

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Today, Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) 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 would remove irresponsible statutory restrictions that stand in the way of ATF’s mission to protect the public from violent criminals, cr...