WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. participated in House Democrats’ sit-in on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan ideas to curb gun violence. Pallone is a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which would ensure that no such guns are manufactured while placing new restrictions on the sale of already existing assault weapons. He has also called on Republican leadership to allow for the consideration of The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act – bipartisan legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system and the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of gun violence and unspeakable tragedies in communities across the country. But nearly every time, when the dust settles, the candlelight vigils end and the makeshift memorials are removed, when it comes to doing something to end gun violence, Congress has consistently failed to act. Our sit-in is an appeal to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to finally address these issues. Today, House Democrats have sent a strong message that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to address gun violence.”
Earlier this week Rep. Pallone, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, and advocates for reducing gun violence – including members of The Coalition for Peace Action, NJ Million Mom March, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Garden State Equality and the Islamic Society of Central Jersey – held a press conference calling for action in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, FL last week.
The press conference focused on the impact that gun violence has had on different communities throughout the country, including the LGBT community. Pallone and Watson Coleman called on Congressional Republicans to support common sense measures such as banning those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, banning assault weapons and requiring ID for online ammunition sales–concepts supported by large majorities of Americans, regardless of their party affiliation.