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Lipinski Supports School Safety Bill; Calls on Congress to Pass Common-Sense Gun Safety Legislation

 

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today after the House passed the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

“Exactly one month after the horrific school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead, the House today approved a bill that attempts to curb school violence by providing more training for school officials and local law enforcement to recognize and respond to early warning signs of violence, as well as funding to develop anonymous reporting systems for threats and to establish security measures.  Unfortunately, this legislation did not include any gun-related provisions.

“While I support the bill and the fact that the House is finally beginning to address the issue of violence in our schools, Congress needs to do more.  I applaud the recent actions taken by Florida to restrict young people from purchasing certain guns, ban bump stocks, and institute modest gun purchase waiting periods, and I would like to see similar action at the federal level.

“I respect the Second Amendment, but I believe in reasonable limits on gun buying and ownership that will keep our communities safe and help prevent further bloodshed.

“Let’s start with strengthening and expanding background checks.  We must do a better job of preventing people who should not have guns from buying them or possessing them in the first place.

“We also need to reduce the lethality of guns.  I support limiting the size of ammunition clips so that shooters only have so many bullets in the gun.  I support legislation to ban bump stocks and other devices that make guns more dangerous and increase their rate-of-fire to a military-grade automatic weapon.

“In addition, we should also increase the penalties for gun trafficking and straw purchases, which allow wrongdoers to evade state gun laws and bring illegal guns into the state.

“Across the nation today, our young people stood up and boldly made the statement that it’s time for their leaders to act.  This is our future.  Let’s not let those voices fall on deaf ears.”