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Bonamici Condemns House Bill That Will Undermine Community Safety

December 6, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [12/06/17] — Today, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood up for public safety by voting against legislation that would undermine states’ gun safety laws.

H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would require states to recognize the concealed carry laws of other states. Many states, including Oregon, have comprehensive requirements that individuals must meet to legally carry a concealed loaded firearm in public. In Oregon, individuals must complete a firearms safety-training course and cannot have a criminal conviction in the last four years. Additionally, Oregon law enforcement officials may deny a license to anyone they believe to be a danger to themselves or others. In contrast, other states are “permitless,” and do not have any additional requirements to carry a concealed weapon. If this bill becomes law, people from other states would be allowed to carry their loaded weapons in Oregon, without meeting our requirements for a concealed carry permit.

“I am deeply disappointed that the House passed this harmful legislation to undermine states’ rights and make communities less safe,” said Bonamici. “In cities and towns across the country, people are killed every day by gun violence, and in the wake of the massacres in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, the American people have demanded that Congress take action. But instead of answering the pleas of the American people and passing meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence, we are voting on a bill that will undermine public safety.

“The bill passed by the House today puts our communities in danger. Leading law enforcement officials oppose the bill because it would ‘leave law enforcement helpless to keep guns out of the wrong hands.’ We must heed the warning of our law enforcement officers who work to keep us safe. This bill undermines their duty to protect us all.”

The legislation also includes the text of H.R. 4477, the Fix NICS Act, which would bolster that National Instant Criminal Background Check System by making sure that federal agencies and states are uploading records of prohibited firearms purchasers. Bonamici supports this part of the legislation and would have voted in favor of it had it come up for a vote without the other harmful provisions.

Congresswoman Bonamici has long been an advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention laws. She is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and is a sponsor of bipartisan legislation to close the “gun show” loophole and require federal background checks for all gun sales. She supports legislation to ban “bump stocks,” like those used in the Las Vegas massacre. She is also a cosponsor of legislation to prevent domestic abusers from possessing firearms.