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  • Beyer Remarks From Parkland Vigil In Falls Church
    Posted in Press Releases on February 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Don Beyer gave the following remarks last night at the vigil for victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting held in Falls Church at George Mason High School. Video is available here, courtesy of Blue Virginia. “Thank you for showing up on a cold, gray February holiday afternoon. Change is only driven by the people who show up. And we must, must deal with the prevalence of gun violence in this country. Let me give you some statistics. In 2016, more than 39,000 Americans were killed by guns: 9... Read more

  • Reps. Carbajal, Beyer, and Esty Urge Passage of Gun Violence Restraining Order Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Today, in response to the tragic shooting killing seventeen students and educators at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Representatives Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), and Don Beyer (VA-08) urged passage of H.R. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act (GVRO). The bill would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. “While the troubling details of the shooting in... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Mass Shooting In Las Vegas
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement this morning after the mass shooting in Las Vegas which killed 50 people and injured over 200: “This morning’s news is horrific. Again, and again, and again, people in the United States, going about their daily lives, are subject to gun fire and to potential injury or death. It is unfathomable and unacceptable. Our hearts are with the many, many families whose lives were shattered by this massacre. We have a moral duty to honor their lives with actio... Read more

  • Where I Stand On Gun Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Preventing gun violence has been a major priority since I took office. I participated in the House sit-in to demand solutions to gun violence, and remain outspoken on this issue. Here are my positions on some legislation related to firearms and gun violence: Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Data shows that many acts of gun violence, particularly suicides mass shootings, are committed by people in moments of crisis. I introduced the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act (HR 2598) with Rep. Carbajal ... Read more

  • 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