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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Demands Action to Address Gun Violence

October 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) today demanded that Congress take action to address gun violence and announced her support for legislation that would ban dangerous bump stocks like the one used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, where 59 innocent people lost their lives this week in Las Vegas, NV.

“Enough is enough,” said Rep. Lawrence. “The American people need more from Congress than simply their moments of silence. America needs action. This is not a partisan issue; this is about American lives. All Members of Congress must listen to the American people and take action to stop this carnage. My heart goes out to the victims and their families in Las Vegas, and to the victims of gun violence who suffer every day in Michigan and across America. Congress is charged with the solemn duty to protect and defend the American people and that is what we must do.”

“This is why I am proud to be an original cosponsor of a bill to ban dangerous devices that turn semi-automatic rifles into machine guns. But we cannot stop there. I demand that people across the aisle, gun owners, and advocates on all sides come to the table to ensure this tragedy never happens again and fix the ongoing crisis of rampant gun violence.”

Rep. Lawrence joined Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and other gun violence prevention advocates to introduce the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would take immediate action to begin addressing gun violence. This bill would ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, or importation of bump stocks, gun accessories that accelerate the firing rate of semi-automatic weapons to make them function like machine guns.

A bump stock allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire at a rate of up to 800 rounds per minute, replicating a fully automatic weapon. Fully automatic firearms are highly-regulated, requiring an extensive FBI background check, and many states have prohibited their possession. The sale of bump stocks, however, is not prohibited under current law.

Congresswoman Lawrence has also demanded that Congress establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention, so that all sides can come to the table and pursue long-term gun violence solutions.

“A Select Committee would hold politicians and stakeholders accountable for their positions on gun safety,” Rep Lawrence said. “We need long-term solutions that make our communities safer and emphasize responsible gun ownership while protecting Americans’ Second Amendment rights. I urge my colleagues in both the House and Senate, and on both sides of the aisle, to take immediate action and not rest until we address this ongoing crisis. All Americans must contribute to this discussion so we can turn thoughts and prayers into action.”