Gun Violence

Democrats Return to Washington to Demand GOP Consider Gun Legislation

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U.S. News & World Report | A number of House Democrats on Tuesday briefly returned to Washington in the midst of their six-week recess to ramp up pressure on Senate Republicans to consider a bill the lower chamber passed on universal background checks for gun buyers after recent deadly mass shootings. During a Tuesday press conference led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, rank-and-... Read more »

Democrats Up The Pressure On Mitch McConnell To Act On Gun Control: 'He’s Waiting For The Outrage To Die Down'

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Newsweek | House Democrats continued Tuesday to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, to immediately recall his chamber from August recess to act on gun control legislation passed by the House earlier this year. In an attempt to up the ante and take their case directly to the American people, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, and some of his coll... Read more »

Unified Dems press Trump, GOP on curbing guns

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Associated Press | Democrats pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday to approve House-passed legislation expanding background checks and to take other steps curbing guns, in an offensive fueled by public outrage over this month’s mass killings in Texas and Ohio. It seemed unlikely that Democrats’ moves would have much impact on top Republicans. While President Donald Trump and Mc... Read more »

Sponsors Of Bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order Act Respond To President Trump’s Statement On Mass Shootings

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U.S. Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Don Beyer (D-VA), the sponsor and lead co-sponsors of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act, today responded to President Trump’s televised address regarding the weekend’s mass shootings, during which he announced his support “for ‘Red Flag’ laws, also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders.” “We m... Read more »

Wexton wants to reinstate gun silencer regulation after Virginia Beach shooting

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Washington Post | Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) on Friday introduced a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to block people who they determine are a danger to themselves or others from buying gun silencers and machine guns. The freshman from northern Virginia filed the legislation in response to the May 31 shooting in Virginia Beachthat killed 12 people. The shooter’s use of a silencer br... Read more »

The NRA's Nonprofit Status In Jeopardy As House Dems Call For IRS Investigation

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Newsweek | A chorus of Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee is now calling for an investigation into the National Rifle Association’s tax-exempt status after an explosive report from The New Yorker detailed alleged financial improprieties at the gun rights organization. On Thursday, Congressman Brad Schneider, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, wrote a letter to IRS Commiss... Read more »

Beyer Votes For Historic Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

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Rep. Beyer today cast his vote for H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA). The bill, which would extend a federal requirement of background checks to cover firearm sales from unlicensed sellers including gun shows and internet vendors, passed with bipartisan support. Rep. Beyer said: “At last. “The House just passed some of the most meaningful... Read more »

Beyer Presses FAA For Flight Path Modifications In Response To Requests From Citizens’ Group

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Rep. Beyer today sent a letter to Federal Aviation (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta seeking expedited action in response to requests for flight path modifications requested by the DCA Working Group. Beyer’s support for the requests seeking changes to south flow departures were part of his longstanding attempts to reduce airplane noise in Northern Virginia communities. Beyer wrote: “I understand ... Read more »

Carbajal, Fitzpatrick, Deutch and Beyer to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence

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Tomorrow, one year after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Reps. Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Don Beyer (VA-08) will introduce the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. The bipartisan bill encourages states to allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. ... Read more »

Beyer Appointed To Serve On House Committee On Ways And Means

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced today that he has received an appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, one of the five exclusive House committees. Ways and Means has a wide breadth of jurisdiction, including health care, trade policy and tariffs, and oversight of Medicare and Social Security. It is the House Committee directly responsible for writing tax legislation, and the old... Read more »