“One year ago, the country lost 17 students and teachers in Parkland to gun violence because multiple warning signs failed to prevent a mass shooting,” said Beyer. “The Extreme Risk Protection Order Act could have stopped this tragedy from happening and saved those lives. ERPOs give families and law enforcement a vital tool to stop those who pose a threat to themselves or others from having access to guns, and they are already saving many lives in the states that have adopted it. It is rare to have legislative solutions that could prevent disasters of the scope of Parkland or Virginia Tech, and rarer still to have bipartisan support for those measures. Both are the case for this bill. Congress should pass it with all possible haste.”
Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Beyer -- a free-trade voice on the House Ways and Means committee who is one of seven Democratic cosponsors of the lower chamber's version of Toomey's bill -- argued Trump's looming threat to impose auto tariffs could spur action from a Congress that has been reluctant to confront him on the issue.
On this first anniversary of the murders at Parkland, I am proud to introduce bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence.
I am sponsoring bipartisan legislation which will provide time off from work for families grieving the loss of a child.