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Maloney Calls on Mitch McConnell to Take Up Bipartisan Background Check Bills and Make American Communities Safer

Sep 13, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Calls on Mitch McConnell to Take Up Bipartisan Background Check Bills and Make American Communities Safer
Maloney will host a Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall for students, teachers, and parents tomorrow in Middletown 

Middletown, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately schedule a vote on the House-passed bipartisan gun safety bills, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Both bills were passed out of the House of Representatives in February but have been blocked in the Senate by Senator McConnell.

“We can’t just keep offering up thoughts and prayers every time dozens of Americans are murdered with guns – we need to act. I’m calling on Mitch McConnell to take up these commonsense, bipartisan background check bills passed by the House earlier this year. I go to Washington every week to make our communities and schools safer – President Trump and Mitch McConnell need to do the same,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

Rep. Maloney is a cosponsor of several bills intended to reduce the number of tragic episodes of gun violence across the country, including bills to ban high capacity ammunition magazines and assault weapons, create a federal “red flag law” to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and expand background checks. He is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

This weekend, Rep. Maloney will hold a Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall for Hudson Valley students, teachers, law enforcement, and concerned community members. The Town Hall will be held at Middletown High School on Saturday, September 14th at 1:00pm. More information about the Town Hall can be found here.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 310 Americans are shot by a gun every day. Every year on average, 36,383 Americans lose their lives to gun violence.

The text of Rep. Maloney’s letter is below, and a copy of the letter can be found here:

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Majority Leader McConnell:

I write to express my extreme disappointment over the lack of action from the United States Senate on the issue of gun violence prevention. As the Majority Leader in the Senate, you have an obligation to the American people to address this crucial issue and I strongly urge you to bring up legislation immediately.

There is a gun violence crisis occurring across our nation. Nearly 40,000 Americans die each year from gun-related injuries, with approximately 15,000 Americans dying from gun-related murders. Among developed nations, the United States is an outlier in the number of people who die from gun-related injuries.

As of September 1, 2019, there have been 283 mass shootings this year alone. Mass shootings are affecting our communities nationwide. These include such incidents as the shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine people and injured at least 27; a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people and injured at least 24; and a drive-by shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas that killed seven people and injured 24 people.

We are not powerless. We do not have to accept these incidents as an inevitable part of our daily lives. Tragedies such as these can be prevented, and action must be taken to protect American lives. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation expands required background checks to include sales between private parties. While this bill received bipartisan support to pass the House of Representatives, the Senate has not taken any action on this important piece of legislation.

Americans deserve to feel safe in their schools, workplaces, concert venues, and communities. There are numerous common-sense, bipartisan policies we can enact to reduce gun violence. Lives are at stake, and we cannot afford to delay action any longer. Anything less than immediate action is simply unacceptable.

Thank you for your attention to this issue. I look forward to your prompt response.



Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress