WASHINGTON – “Tragically, the events in Parkland show that we need to do more to protect the lives of innocent Americans across the nation. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, my colleagues and I took steps to safeguard Americans by introducing legislation that would ban bump stocks. Lamentably, Congress took no action to ban bump stocks. I also recently voted against the GOP majority that would have allowed reciprocity for concealed carry permits across state lines. I was one of only 14 Republican Members of Congress who voted against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Additionally, I co-sponsored a bill which would have prohibited the sale of firearms to those on the no-fly list. Again, sadly, Congress took no action on the no-fly, no-buy bill.
I have also joined my Congressional colleagues from both sides of the aisle in co-sponsoring legislation that protect Americans from gun violence. I have co-sponsored the STOP Act so that our schools can better prepare for, and respond to, horrific events such as the Parkland shooting; the Gun Violence Research Act that would allow the CDC to conduct federal research into gun violence; and the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act that would improve existing background checks to cover all commercial firearm sales, in addition to regulating gun sales on the internet and at gun shows. I also support the Fix NICS Act, which aims to increase state compliance with, and improve the accuracy of, existing background check systems for firearm purchases. I also voted for an amendment that would have extended background checks to gun shows, regulated firearms transfers at gun shows, prohibited violent juvenile offenders from possessing guns and outlined other firearm penalties. I voted against an amendment that would have shortened the time for a background check on a gun purchase from 72 hours to 24 hours. I urge the House leadership to bring these common sense bills to the floor for a vote. I also join a growing number of Congressional voices calling for increased federal funding for more law enforcement officers and resources in our public schools. Additionally, I am in favor of prohibiting the sale of long guns, which include rifles and shotguns, to anyone under the age of 21 unless they are in our armed forces. We must also renew our focus on giving individuals with mental health issues the help they need before some of them take actions that injure themselves or others.” – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen