Real Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Dear Friend,

Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy, and these incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common. Our country is weary from violence and grief and the American people deserve meaningful action from Congress. It's long past due for a legislative response, and that is why, this week, I was proud to join Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in introducing the Background Check Expansion Act.

This legislation will expand federal background checks to the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with certain reasonable exceptions. The majority of Americans support legislation to expand background checks. Having been through the background check process myself on numerous occasions, I know that it is not an unreasonable burden. Expanding background checks is an important and effective step toward addressing widespread gun violence.

It is no secret that I am a passionate outdoorsman, hunter, and supporter of the Second Amendment. But it is our responsibility as leaders to support public safety and put in place common-sense protections to ensure that firearms do not find their way into the hands of those who would turn them against our communities. Keeping guns out of the wrong hands is a way to prevent violence without punishing law-abiding gun owners. That's what background checks do, and why I'm disappointed that Congress has been unable to act.

These are undoubtedly difficult times, but it is time to break the cycle of inaction. New Mexicans can count on me to be on their side as we seek bipartisan, common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence in our communities.

Sincerely,

MARTIN HEINRICH
United States Senator