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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, THURSDAY, 9.26.19
Congressman Lacy Clay (D) MO and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D) IL
Present Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act at House Judiciary Committee
H.R. 3435 Would Give Local Communities the Freedom to Protect Residents, Neighborhoods and First Responders from Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D) Illinois appeared today before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in support of their groundbreaking new legislation, H.R. 3435, the Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act, an innovative new bill that would, for the first time at the federal level, give local communities the freedom to enact their own gun restrictions to protect residents, neighborhoods and first responders, regardless of what state legislatures allow.
In his remarks before the subcommittee, Congressman Clay said in-part:
“This nation and the community that I represent in St. Louis are facing a public health emergency.
And I am not just speaking about the tragic frequency of mass shootings in schools and other public spaces.
The people living and working in my district where nearly 600 shootings have occurred so far this year do not have the choice to remain silent while these issues impact their daily lives.
Since May, at least 22 children under 16 years of age have been killed by guns in the St. Louis region– some due to random shootings, others due to accidents and unsecured handguns.
It is due to statistics like this that black families are 62 percent more likely to lose a son to a bullet than to a car accident.
That is why I, along with my esteemed colleague and friend, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, introduced legislation to restore the ability of these local leaders to pass common sense laws and regulations.
Our new legislation is directed to help curb the slow-motion mass shootings that occur in St. Louis, in Chicago, and other urban communities, every week.
H.R. 3435, the Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act would allow the Department of Justice to provide grants to States that reverse their ill-advised firearm pre-emption laws and allow local governments to take reasonable measures to address gun violence on their streets.
Under the bill, States should not prohibit or restrict a local government from:
- Requiring background checks for firearms purchases;
- Restricting the ability to carry a firearm in public places;
- Restricting the quantity and type of ammunition that an individual is allowed to purchase;
- Requiring gun owners to safely store their firearms, especially in households with children;
- And prohibiting the sale and transfer of certain types of especially deadly firearms and accessories, including: Semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, among other provisions.”
H.R. 3435, the Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act is supported by: Giffords; Everytown for Gun Safety; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; March for Our Lives; Brady; Newtown Action Alliance; Survivors Empowered; States United to Prevent Gun Violence; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Amnesty International USA.
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