Gun Violence Prevention Expert Slams Massie Amendment

July 16, 2014
Samantha Friedman, West End Strategy Team; Office: (202) 776-7700; Cell: (202) 215-9260

Gun Violence Prevention Expert Slams Massie Amendment
WASHINGTON – Slamming the House of Representatives vote on the passage of Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KY) amendment to the House Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill (which includes District of Columbia appropriations provisions), the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Josh Horwitz,issued the following statement, noting the mess that Massie has left in his wake as he tried to force his personal values on the will of District of Columbia residents:“Today’s House vote to support the Massie amendment was a vote to wreak havoc with public safety in the District of Columbia and create massive uncertainty for local law enforcement and District residents, including local gun owners. It is incomprehensible that a first-term representative from Kentucky – a state with more gun deaths than the District – thinks he can come into the District to force his values on a community about which he knows nothing.

The amendment that just passed the House would allow more domestic abusers to obtain firearms, reduce protections for children against accidental shootings, revoke the training requirement for firearm purchasers and prevent lawful gun owners from, among other things, participating in recreational activities such as target shooting.

It’s now up to the Senate to stop this madness.”

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.


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