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ADVISORY: Heinrich, King to Hold Press Conference to Announce Major Gun Legislation

WASHINGTON – Today, Thursday, November 30, at 1:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) will host a virtual press conference with New Mexico and Maine press corps to announce their newly introduced legislation, the Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act (GOSAFE) Act. The legislation is designed to protect communities from gun violence, while safeguarding Americans’ constitutional right to own a firearm for legitimate self-defense, hunting, and sporting purposes.  
WHEN: 1:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. MT   
WHERE: Zoom 
RSVP: Registration required. Link here.
More information on the GOSAFE Act, including bill text, a fact sheet, section-by-section, endorsements, and more, can be found here.
Background on Senator Heinrich’s Leadership on Gun Safety Legislation:    
As a lifelong gun owner and father, Heinrich has worked for years to advance  pragmatic, bipartisan policies to save lives, protect public safety, and reduce gun violence.  
Last year, following the mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Heinrich joined a small group of Senate colleagues to negotiate and pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first significant federal gun safety legislation in 30 years. During negotiations, Heinrich worked alongside U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) to secure two key provisions that made firearm trafficking and straw purchases criminal offenses punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 
In June, Heinrich joined U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) to reintroduce the Banning Unlawful Machinegun Parts (BUMP) Act, legislation to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which cause semi-automatic weapons to substantially increase their rate of fire, effectively operating as fully automatic weapons. 
Heinrich first introduced bipartisan legislation after the 2017 Las Vegas, Nevada mass shooting, in which the perpetrator used a bump stock to fire more than 1,000 bullets into a crowd in just 10 minutes, killing 60 people. Under the Trump Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) initiated an administrative ban on these lethal devices in 2019. On January 6 and April 25, 2023, the Fifth and Sixth Circuits blocked the ban – both stating that it would require an ‘act of Congress’ to federally outlaw bump stocks.  
Heinrich previously cosponsored the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, which requires federal and state authorities to produce background check implementation plans and holds federal agencies accountable for reporting relevant criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). He also led the successful call to repeal the Dickey Amendment, which had previously prevented the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from funding research on gun violence and its effects on public health.