Deutch Days of Action on Gun Violence in Advance of Day of Commemoration
Deutch's work this week includes 5 gun violence bills and leading a moment of silence on the House floor.
Tomorrow marks one year since the horrific tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and school staff dead and 17 others injured. In advance of this date, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) introduced legislation on gun violence to help make American communities safer, led a moment of silence on the House Floor, and other efforts to honor the victims with action.
House Floor Speeches
On Wednesday morning, Congressman Deutch read a letter written by Patricia Oliver, mother of Joaquin Oliver who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas attack, in support of the universal background check legislation (H.R. 8). Video of the speech can be viewed here.
On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Deutch led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence to remember the 17 lives lost in the attack. The video can be viewed here.
On Tuesday, Congressman Deutch joined Senator Menendez (D-NJ) to introduce the Keep Americans Safe Act to prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
On Thursday, Congressman Deutch will reintroduce legislation to raise the minimum age requirement from 18 to 21 for gun buyers purchasing any firearm, including shotguns or rifles, from federally licensed dealers (he introduced this bipartisan bill last Congress).
On Thursday, Congressman Deutch will introduce the National Firearms Amendments Act, which would add semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine as a category of firearm regulated by the National Firearms Act.
On Thursday, Congressman Deutch will join Reps. Carbajal (D-CA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Beyer (D-VA) to introduce the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to encourage states to allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis.
Later in the week, Congressman Deutch will join Congressman Cicilline (D-RI) and over 180 Members of Congress to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban.
House Judiciary Committee
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee, of which Congressman Deutch is a senior member, debated two gun violence prevention bills: the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require background checks on all firearm purchases, and the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, which would strengthen the background check procedures by extending the time that NICS examiners may take to complete the background check to address the "Charleston Loophole."