Gun Violence

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...

Beyer: Chad Wolf Must Resign

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today following a weekend of civil rights abuses by unidentified federal officers in Portland operating at the direction of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, amid reports that similar DHS deployments are expected to begin in Chicago: “Acting Secretary Wolf is overseeing authoritarian abuses that betray our bedrock principles and w...

House Passes George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed this evening with bipartisan support, represents the most ambitious federal reform of law enforcement powers in decades. “The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act is a step towards justice and accountability. We cannot bring George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or E...

Virginia Mercury: U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight

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U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight BY ROBIN BRAVENDER - 12/2/2019 A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare. The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with t...

Extreme Risk Protection Order Act Passes Through House Judiciary Committee

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Today, the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act of 2019, H.R. 1236, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee’s gun violence prevention markup, moving it one step closer to a vote on the House floor. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and co-led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). “This is a historic day in ...

The Hill: Democrats Eye Action On Threat Of White Nationalism

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Democrats eye action on threat of white nationalism BY MIKE LILLIS - 08/28/19 Democrats on Capitol Hill are pressing hard to adopt tougher gun laws following a pair of mass shootings this month that horrified the country and rekindled the on-again, off-again push to install higher barriers to owning firearms. But as Congress prepares to return to Washington next month from the long summer recess, ...

Schumer to request Trump redirect wall funding to address gun violence and white supremacy extremism

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CNN | Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is planning to ask the Trump administration to withdraw its request for $5 billion in border wall funding and redirect the funding to counter gun violence and white supremacy extremism, a person familiar with Schumer's thinking told CNN. The Trump administration is unlikely to be receptive to the request, especially given that the border wall is a key p...