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DeLauro Calls for Action on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

August 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement marking the 33rd anniversary of gun safety legislation banning armor-piercing ammunition being signed into law.

“Thirty-three years ago today, President Reagan signed bipartisan legislation that outlawed armor-piercing ammunition,” said DeLauro. “That moment may be a distant memory now for many, but it should not be. We must use it as a reminder of how we can restore a sense of shared concern for preventing gun violence in our communities.”

“An epidemic of gun violence has taken hundreds of thousands of lives in our country since that bill was signed. And in the wake of mass shootings, reasonable gun violence prevention measures that would help save lives—and are supported by the vast majority of Americans—have been stonewalled by Republicans. That needs to change,” continued DeLauro. “Solutions like requiring background checks for every commercial gun sale, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and funding federal research into the causes of gun violence at the CDC and NIH all need to be taken up by the Congress and enacted into law. As elected officials, we all have a moral responsibility to take action in honor of those we have lost and their families.”