August 05, 2021

Neguse Calls for Judiciary Committee Markup of Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, who represents Boulder, Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) urging him to hold an immediate “markup” on legislation he has co-sponsored with Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) to reinstate a federal assault weapons ban. The letter was also signed by Representatives Cohen (D-TN), Crow (D-CO), Dean (D-PA), Deutch (D-FL), Escobar (D-TX), Kelly (D-IL), Norton (D-DC), and Perlmutter (D-CO).

“Weapons of war have no place in our grocery stores, in our schools, in our movie theaters and in our communities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “My district was devastated by the horrific tragedy on March 22nd that took 10 previous lives in our community. Too many lives have been lost to gun violence — too many parents, sisters, brothers, coworkers, neighbors and community members. Reinstating the assault weapons ban is common-sense. We cannot allow another life to be lost to gun violence while there are meaningful reforms on the table that we know could save lives.”

On March 22nd of this year, 10 people were killed during a mass shooting event in Boulder, Colorado. The gun used in that shooting would fall under the range of AR-style weapons regulated by this legislation. So far in 2021, over 26,000 people have died by gun violence—a dramatic and harrowing increase from the 19,373 killed by gun violence in 2020. 

Gun manufacturers have designed and marketed concealable AR-15 style firearms which fire rifle rounds to circumvent the National Firearms Act, which is the federal law regulating the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain classes of firearms.

Earlier this year, Neguse led multiple letters to President Biden urging him to take action to prevent further gun violence. On March 8th, he sent a letter pushing Biden to appoint a National Director of Gun Violence Protection. On March 26th, just days after the shooting in Boulder, he led a letter pressing Biden to ban the importation of military-style rifles and high capacity magazines.

Read the letter HERE and below.

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The Honorable Jerrold Nadler 

Chairman 

House Committee on the Judiciary? 

Washington, D.C. 20515 

Dear Chairman Nadler:? 

We write today to respectfully request that in the coming weeks the House Judiciary Committee hold a markup on H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021.

The communities we represent have all experienced devastating tragedy and loss from assailants using AR-style weapons. The pain that these shootings have caused is simply unimaginable, and yet, the proliferation of AR-style weapons continues unabated. These tragedies have now touched every corner of this country from Boulder, Colorado, to El Paso, Texas, to Parkland, Florida and so many other communities. These shooters have inflicted mass suffering on our constituents using AR-style weapons.

It has been 17 years since the original assault weapons ban expired, and during that time, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people targeted in mass-shootings and the subsequent fatalities. Communities like Aurora, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. have all experienced mass casualty events at the hands of shooters using assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Emergency room physicians have described the horror of treating these victims. The Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 would address the tools used in these mass casualty events head on by banning the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name and banning the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

We are grateful for your support of H.R. 1808 and for your leadership in helping to secure passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1446, Enhanced Background Checks Act through the House of Representatives. We know that, once signed into law, those measures will help keep our communities safer. However, we also know there is not one single solution to ending gun violence in America. Congress must use every legislative tool available and enact a comprehensive gun safety agenda so that other communities do not have to endure the pain and agony our communities continue to cope with in the aftermath of gun violence.

We look forward to working with you to help protect Americans from the onslaught of gun violence. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Sincerely,?  

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