March 07, 2022

Congressman Joe Neguse Joins CBC Meeting with President Biden to Discuss Policy Priorities, Urges Action on Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force joined the Congressional Black Caucus for an Oval Office meeting with President Biden and Senior Administration officials to discuss Congressional Black Caucus policy priorities, including comprehensive gun violence reform.  

Following the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado on March 22, 2021, Congressman Joe Neguse called on the Biden Administration to regulate concealable assault-style weapons, a regulation that the Biden-Harris Administration shortly after announced action on and has begun implementing. In November, Congressman Neguse introduced the End Gun Violence Actalongside family members of those lost in the March 22nd shooting, which would prohibit individuals with violent misdemeanors–like the King Soopers shooter–from purchasing a firearm. 

“As we prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating mass shooting in our community of Boulder, Colorado, it is critical that we take meaningful action to combat the gun violence epidemic in America and keep our communities safe. I’m grateful for actions taken by the Biden-Harris Administration over the last year to regulate concealable assault-style firearms and ghost guns and to support community violence prevention programs,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As we work to build a better America, there’s more we must urgently get done, including activating a whole-of-government approach to reduce gun violence, creating an office of gun violence prevention, and enacting universal background checks. I was grateful for the opportunity to speak with President Biden and senior Administration officials today and to represent Coloradans and advocate for solutions that will help our communities build a safer, brighter future.”

Background:

Congressman Neguse, along with Congresswoman Lucy McBath last year called on the Biden Administration to appoint a national director of gun violence.  In March, days after the King Soopers mass shooting, Congressman Neguse led over 100 lawmakers in a letter to President Biden requesting him to regulate concealable assault-style firearms. The President announced action on this issue only a few weeks later, and Congressman Neguse attended the Rose Garden announcement. Congressman Neguse has previously introduced legislation to secure background checks–following the Sol Pais incident–and legislation to prohibit individuals with violent misdemeanors from purchasing firearms.