Cicilline: Bipartisan Gun Bill is a Good Start, But We Need to Do More

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce, released the following statement after voting to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
 
“This is the first time in nearly 28 years that Congress has sent a comprehensive gun violence prevention bill to the President’s desk. And while this legislation is an important first step in our fight against this nation’s gun violence epidemic, we cannot rest. We must use this momentum to pass other measures, including the House’s bipartisan Protecting Our Kids Act. And how many more kids need to die before we finally ban assault weapons? Or limit high-capacity magazines? Close the Charleston loophole? We cannot rest until we ensure that our kids are safe in school, congregations safe in houses of worship, and neighbors safe in our communities.”
 
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act includes:

  • Support for State Crisis Intervention Orders: Creates $750 million for states to create and administer laws that will ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals determined by a court to be a significant danger to themselves or others, and for extreme risk protection orders that have sufficient due process.
  • Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence by Closing the Boyfriend Loophole: Adds convicted domestic violence abusers in dating relationships to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
  • Banning Gun Trafficking & Cracking Down on Straw Purchases: Cracks down on criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements and clarifies which sellers need to register, conduct background checks, and keep appropriate records, and creates federal straw purchasing and trafficking criminal offenses for the first time, allowing prosecutors to target dangerous illegal gunrunners.
  • Enhanced Background Checks for People Under 21: Requires an investigative period to review juvenile and mental health records, including checks with state databases and local law enforcement, for buyers under 21 years of age, creating an enhanced, longer background check of up to ten days.
  • Anti-Violence Community Initiatives: Provides $250 million in funding for community-based violence prevention initiatives.
  • Investing in Children & Family Mental Health Services: Supports the national expansion of community behavioral health center model; improves access to mental health services for children, youth, and families through the Medicaid program and CHIP; increases access to mental health services for youth and families in crisis via telehealth; and provides major investments at the Department of Health and Human Services to programs that expand provider training in mental health, support suicide prevention, crisis and trauma intervention and recovery.
  • Investing in Safe Schools: Invests in programs to expand mental health and supportive services in schools, including: early identification and intervention programs, school-based mental health and wrap-around services, improvements to school-wide learning conditions, and school safety.

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