Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Media Director Andrew Patrick issued the following statement:
“The president’s press conference today offered several modest proposals to reduce America’s gun violence epidemic. He also suggested several dangerous ideas that would make Americans less safe. Most surprisingly, President Trump stated that there are times when we need to fight the National Rifle Association (NRA). Now is one of those times.
“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) supports strong Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) laws in every state. It appears the president does too, but the devil is in the details. Effective ERPO laws provide a tool for family members and law enforcement to separate guns from individuals at a high risk of dangerous behavior. CSGV has helped develop and implement ERPO laws in multiple states. We have seen the NRA testify in opposition to these laws in state after state, even calling the California law ‘one of the most egregious violations of civil liberties ever introduced.’ But ERPO laws do satisfy due process and the research has shown that they are effective in reducing gun deaths — homicides and suicides. We welcome the opportunity to implement strong effective ERPO laws across the nation.
“Trump also offered several other small steps in the right direction — the banning of bump stocks and improving the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) — that currently have bills in Congress. If Trump is serious about action, he should call on Congress to pass these stand alone bills and send them to his desk. These commonsense bills should be the start of a larger discussion on congressional action to reduce gun violence.
“CSGV will continue to oppose the dangerous idea of arming America’s teachers. This fringe idea appears to be the quid pro quo offered by the president to NRA leadership. It is our hope that teachers, students, law enforcement, and all Americans reject this bad policy.”