Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) introduced H.R. 3076, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019. This common-sense gun violence prevention legislation is identical to S.2521 – a bipartisan bill that was introduced in the Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during the 115th Congress.
“It’s the sad truth that gun violence can often be prevented. When people are in crisis and pose a threat to themselves or others, those closest to them are often the first to see the warning signs. This is common-sense legislation would empower loved ones and members of law enforcement to prevent tragedies,” said Rep. McBath. “I am so proud to be joined by my colleagues in introducing this legislation today. It is our duty as lawmakers to ensure the safety of all Americans, and extreme risk laws are a powerful tool that should be available for every single community across our nation.”
Extreme risk laws empower law enforcement to ensure that those who pose a threat to themselves or others do not have access to firearms. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted extreme risk laws to allow law enforcement adequate time to respond to warning signs of a planned shooting or suicide. H.R. 3076, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019 is the only legislation that would ensure nationwide access to this important gun violence prevention measure.
Rep. McBath spoke on the House floor this morning in support of the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019, and she was joined by Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), as well as gun violence survivors and advocates, for a press conference to introduce the bill.
This legislation is supported by Everytown for Gun Safety, March For Our Lives, Giffords, Brady United Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Newtown Action Alliance, Junior Newtown Action Alliance, and States United to Prevent Gun Violence.
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