Far too many families have lost loved ones to gun violence. It’s past time for the Senate to act. I am proud that our bipartisan group has found a meaningful path forward to reduce gun violence and invest in our communities in the legislation that we just announced, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
This legislation includes funding to increase access to mental health care and keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and their communities. I also worked especially hard on the provisions that will crack down on straw purchasing and trafficking of guns. These provisions will directly cut down on gun violence at home and internationally. That’s because, while trafficking firearms into the U.S. is a major crime, trafficking firearms out of the U.S. hasn’t been. And for years, trafficking out of the United States has supplied the majority of guns used to commit crimes in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. That ends here.
Finalizing bill text is a critical step in this process. With all of our momentum and growing bipartisan support, I am determined to get this legislation across the finish line to save lives, protect our kids, and strengthen public safety.
We are going to get this done.
United States Senator