April 11, 2022

Congressman Neguse Responds to Gun Violence Prevention Actions Taken Today By President Biden

Lafayette, CO — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued the following statement responding to President Biden’s announcement that he will nominate Steve Dettelbach to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and that the Department of Justice has finalized their ghost gun rule. 

“Our Colorado communities have experienced the tragedy of the gun violence epidemic time and time again — from Columbine high school, to Aurora, and last year when 10 precious lives were taken at the King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “It’s time for swift, common-sense, whole-of-government action to reduce the threat of gun violence and keep our kids and families safe. I applaud President Biden for taking tangible steps today in this regard, by nominating Steve Dettelbach as Director of the ATF to ensure the agency has the needed leadership to enforce our gun laws and in finalizing the DOJ’s rule around ghost guns to keep unserialized firearms out of our communities. I am grateful for the President’s actions today and look forward to partnering with him on additional measures to address this epidemic and save lives.” 

A year ago, Congressman Neguse joined President Biden in the Rose Garden as he unveiled executive actions around gun violence prevention, including a proposal to regulate concealable assault-style firearms, which Congressman Neguse led on advocating for. 

Background: 

Following the mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers on March 22nd, Congressman Neguse has introduced and advocated on several measures to address the gun violence epidemic. Immediately following the shooting, he sent a letter to President Biden advocating for the DOJ to regulate concealable assault-style firearms, like the one used in the Boulder shooting. Shortly after his letter, President Biden announced action on this issue in a Rose Garden Ceremony, with Congressman Neguse in attendance. In November 2021, Congressman Neguse unveiled the End Gun Violence Act, legislation to prohibit individuals with violent misdemeanors from purchasing guns – a law that if in place is believed to have stopped the Boulder shooter. On Friday,Congressman Neguse and Congresswoman Lucy McBath reiterated a request to President Biden for him to establish an Interagency Gun Violence Prevention Task Force at the White House to ensure a whole of government approach to tackling the epidemic. 

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