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  • Beyer Applauds Executive Action on Gun Violence Prevention
    Posted in Press Releases on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement in support of President Obama’s executive action to help prevent gun violence in America. “The President’s actions today will help to strengthen the current background check system, and ensure more people undergo those checks before buying a firearm,” said Rep. Beyer. “These actions are long overdue and will help to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. I applaud the President and Attorney General.” “Given the inherent limit... Read more

  • Beyer Joins Rep. Cicilline to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban Renewal
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) joined Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and dozens of Democratic co-sponsors today to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would renew the federal ban on military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. President Bill Clinton signed the original ban into law, but Congress allowed it to expire in 2004 under the Bush Administration. Read more

  • Beyer Responds to ‘Virginia Under the Gun’
    Posted in Press Releases on October 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report this morning, Virginia Under the Gun, detailing four aspects of gun violence in Virginia that stand out above the national average. Read more

  • Beyer Commends McAuliffe’s Executive Order to Keep Guns from Dangerous Individuals
    Posted in Press Releases on October 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer thanked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for signing an executive order to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals by better enforcing pre-existing Virginia laws. “We must keep families in our Commonwealth and the nation safe from gun violence,” said Rep. Beyer. “This Executive Order will support our Attorney General and our law enforcement personnel as they take real, tangible steps toward curbing unnecessary gun violence. Common sense actions like this one – ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Oregon Mass Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in the wake of today’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: “Speaker Boehner wants to ‘clear the barn’ in his last month in office, he said. Today’s tragedy in Oregon reminds us of an opportunity for him: It is within the Speaker’s power to bring a common-sense bill on gun violence prevention to the House floor. In doing so, he could bypass the intractable House Judiciary Committee, where the Chairman tables all such proposals tha... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Keeping Guns from Criminals Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Keeping Guns from Criminals Act to close a loophole in federal law that allows straw purchasers and gun traffickers to funnel firearms to felons, juveniles, and other restricted purchasers with little to no risk of being prosecuted. “This is not a complicated issue: No one wants guns in the hands of dangerous criminals," said Rep. Beyer. "Time and again Congress fails to make meaningful progress to prevent gun violence in the face of overwhelming national dem... Read more