Senate Republicans block legislation to ban assault weapons and create universal national background checks
For Immediate Release: December 6, 2024
TEXAS – Roland Gutierrez released a statement in response to the Senate Republicans’ refusal to bring up and pass federal legislation introduced by congressional Democrats that would take aim at reducing and eliminating the gun violence epidemic in America.
“Ted Cruz allows gun violence and chaos in Texas to continue. I fully support the Democratic effort to tackle gun violence in our country. Gun violence is the number one killer of children in America, and it’s long past time to do something about it,” said Uvalde State Senator Roland Gutierrez.
“It shouldn’t have to be an act of political bravery to stand up and do the right thing for our country. Recent reporting, once again, shows that police officers in Uvalde were frightened at the power of the AR-15 and left children and their teachers to bleed out because of it. Enough is enough. There have been over 630 mass shootings this year. It is time for an assault weapons ban and comprehensive solution to stop gun violence.”
Senator Gutierrez also supports the recently introduced Warren – Johnson Gun Violence Prevention bill. The proposed Gun Violence Prevention Bill mandates the following:
- Raise gun and ammo purchasing age to 21
- Universal background checks
- Red flag laws
- Assault weapons ban
- Federal gun licensing
- Ban ghost guns
- 7-day waiting period for gun purchases
- Stronger gun storage laws
- Ban guns for domestic abusers & stalkers
- Ban guns on all school campuses
- Ban large capacity ammo belts, drums, etc.
- Increase liability for gun manufacturers
- Grants for states that implement gun safety laws
- Funding for research into gun violence
- Funding for violence intervention and prevention programs