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Beyer Statement On Tenth Anniversary Of Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

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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…

Statement of U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner & Tim Kaine & U.S. Reps. Don Beyer & Jennifer Wexton

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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…

Beyer Statement On House Passage Of Assault Weapons Ban

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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,…

JEC Releases New Report on Gun Company Profits at Expense of American Lives

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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…

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

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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…

Chairman Beyer's Opening Statement at Hearing on Economic Toll of Gun Violence

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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…

Beyer Hails “Most Important Gun Safety Law In Three Decades”

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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…

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…

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…

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…