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Peter DeFazio for Congress

On Las Vegas: We have an immense amount of work to do

by Peter DeFazio

Yesterday, I stood with former Representative Gabby Giffords and Representative John Lewis calling for action after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

It’s time to step out of the well-worn sides of this debate and come together to find solutions for Americans. I've taken the following steps:

1) I called on Speaker Ryan to take action and name a bipartisan Select Committee to investigate the causes and propose actions Congress can take to lessen gun violence;

2) I called on my Republican colleagues to withdraw the so-called Sportsmen's Package, also known as the SHARE Act which has many objectionable measures;

3) I called on House leadership to bring a vote on comprehensive background check legislation that includes closing the gun show loophole and the individual internet gun sale loophole;

4) I co-sponsored legislation to ban bump stocks or anything that converts a semiautomatic weapon into something that is virtually a fully-automatic weapon.

5) I withdrew my name from H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act, because I believe Congress should prioritize work on bipartisan legislation. I was approached by several local sportsmen’s groups and asked for my support on what appeared to be benign legislation. However, in light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, I removed my support. I’d like to see what the investigation into the shooting in Las Vegas reveals and whether a suppressor would have allowed this monster to create even more carnage.

Make no mistake: we have an immense amount of work to do and we must come together for the betterment of our country.


Posted on October 5, 2017 in Press Releases.