Rep. Carbajal Urges Congress: Support Federal Gun Violence Restraining Order.

On Thursday, February 15th, after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Rep. Carbajal (CA-24) spoke on the House Floor urging Congress to pass HR. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), which would allow family members or law enforcement officials to go to a court to seek a “gun violence prevention order,” to temporarily stop someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun. Washington, DC – Today, in response to the tragic shooting killing seventeen students and educators at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Representatives Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), and Don Beyer (VA-08) urged passage of H.R. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act (GVRO). The bill would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. Rep. Carbajal spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 2598, watch here

“While the troubling details of the shooting in Florida are still emerging, it is clear this horrific act of violence was perpetrated by an individual in crisis,” said Rep. Carbajal. “I lost my older sister to suicide with a firearm at a young age. What I’ve learned since, is that temporarily preventing people from having a gun while in a state of crisis saves lives. No parent should send their children to school each day wondering if they will return home. We are once again reminded that we have a responsibility to act in Congress to change things. We owe these families more than just our thoughts and prayers.”

“Americans are grappling today with the fact that multiple warning signs failed to stop a young man from killing 17 students and teachers at a Florida school,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act is designed to prevent people who pose a threat to themselves or others from having access to guns; it is already saving lives in the states which have adopted it. After yesterday’s shooting Congress should immediately take up and pass this bill to extend these protections to the whole country.”

“Yesterday, the nation watched in horror once again as children fled their school, running past armored vehicles as a killer who authorities were allegedly warned was dangerous wreaked havoc on innocents with a semiautomatic rifle,” said Rep. Esty. “Connecticut has taken the commonsense step of creating a Gun Violence Restraining Order to protect families from high-risk, threatening individuals with access to high-powered weapons of war, and these restraining orders have saved real lives. It’s long past time for the country to follow Connecticut’s example and do something to prevent the epidemic of gun violence tearing communities apart across America.”

Rep. Carbajal Press Release here:

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