September 25, 2019

Congressman Neguse Advocates for Assault Weapons Ban in House Judiciary Committee

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse, representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, today advocated passionately in the House Judiciary Committee for an assault weapons ban. Mass shootings at Columbine in 1999 and at the Aurora movie theater in 2012 both involved military-style assault weapons, manufactured for the specific purpose of firing multiple rounds in a short amount of time. 

“Military style assault weapons have no place in civilian hands and they have no place in our communities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “In Colorado, we know this all too well. We lived through Columbine 20 years ago, where 13 individuals were killed in a matter of 16 minutes. We grieved after Aurora, where 12 were killed and 58 others injured. Military style assault weapons are designed to kill people quickly and efficiently and large capacity magazines are often the choice for mass shooters because they allow the shooter to fire a large number of rounds and quickly reload. Inaction on this issue is putting our students, our kids, our communities in harm’s way. It’s time to pass an assault weapons ban.”

View his remarks at the Judiciary Committee hearing here.