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Visclosky speaks at Democrat gun control sit-in

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U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, participated in the House Democrats’ sit-in early this morning in protest of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s refusal to schedule action on pending gun-control legislation. Visclosky spoke on the floor at 12:07 a.m. today (EDT), in a speech recorded on C-SPAN. “I have only one request,” he said, “to not accept half-measures.”

Eighty-nine people on average die every day in America from gun violence, Visclosky noted. “We can’t bring any of these back. But we’re members of the great body on planet Earth and our responsibility is to those living today, to make sure they are alive Friday morning and not lost to gun violence.”

Just before deadline Visclosky released a follow-up statement enunciating his position on gun-control legislation: “I support the lawful possession of firearms. I also supported the Brady background check law in 1993 and the assault weapons ban law in 1994. I would point out that the assault weapons ban law did not confiscate anyone’s gun and was never challenged before the Supreme Court.”

“The House Majority currently is in the practice of holding moments of silence for gun violence victims and then doing nothing,” Visclosky added. “Instead, we should reinstate a ban on assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices, close the gun show loophole, and prohibit the sale of firearms to individuals on the Terrorist Watch List. It is past time for the House Majority to allow Congress to act.”

Visclosky is a co-sponsor of four separate pieces of legislation:

* H.R. 1076, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer or sale of firearms and explosives to person’s on the FBI’s consolidated Terrorist Watch List.

* H.R. 4269, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of any military-style semi-automatic firearm with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds. It would also ban all ammunition feeding devices with the capability to hold more than 10 rounds.

* H.R. 1217, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015, which would close the “gun-show loophole” by expanding the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to all firearm transfers, including those made at gun shows and on the Internet.

* And H.R. 3051, the Background Check Completion Act, which would require a completed NICS background check before a firearm transfer can take place. Currently, NICS has three business days to complete a background check. Otherwise, the sale is cleared, regardless of the background check’s outcome.


Posted 6/23/2016





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