Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia has heard her constituents’ calls for gun safety and is committed to fighting the gun violence epidemic that plagues our nation. She is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
Congresswoman Garcia supports a gun safety legislation and has voted in favor of several measures seeking to make Americans safer from gun violence including:
- H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, a bill that establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals). Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.
- H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, a bill that revises background check requirements applicable to proposed firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.
- H.R. 1186, the Keep Americans Safe Act; a bill that establishes a new criminal offense for the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.
- H.R. 1236, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019, a bill to support State, Tribal, and local efforts to remove access to firearms from individuals who are a danger to themselves or others pursuant to court orders for this purpose.
- H.R. 2708, the Disarm Hate Act, a bill that expands the categories of persons who are prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm by adding those persons who have been convicted of a hate crime.
She has delivered two floor speeches condemning gun violence and advocating for common sense gun safety reform. House Democrats will continue to take steps toward ending the epidemic of gun deaths in America. Almost a year has passed since the House passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks. Unfortunately, the Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to act. Enough is enough! The Senate must act now.
We’ve had enough thoughts and prayers to end gun violence. Now is the time for action.
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