Congresswoman Lujan Grisham Joins Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham joined the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and is calling on the Republican leadership to create a Select Committee on Gun Violence.

“I look forward to working through this task force to push for common-sense legislation that finally addresses the gun violence epidemic,” Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “Since the leadership in Congress has failed to do anything, I am joining my colleagues to call for a Select Committee that leads to decisive action.”

Rep. Mike Thompson, of California, is the Chair of the task force and authored the resolution to establish a Select Committee of the House to study gun violence. The committee of six Republicans and six Democrats, which must be approved by the leadership, would issue a final report and recommendations, including legislative proposals within 60 days of its establishment.

The Select Committee on Gun Violence would study and make recommendations to address the following:

  • The causes of mass shootings
  • Methods to improve the Federal firearms purchaser background check system
  • Connections between access to firearms and dangerously mentally ill individuals
  • Federal penalties for trafficking and straw purchasing of firearms
  • Loopholes that allow some domestic abusers continued access to firearms
  • Linkages between firearms and suicide
  • Gun violence’s effect on public health
  • The correlation between State gun violence prevention laws and the incidence of gun violence
  • The importance of having reliable and accurate information on gun violence and its toll on our Nation
  • The implementation of effective gun violence prevention laws in accordance with the Second Amendment to the Constitution
  • Rates of gun violence in large metropolitan areas

Rep. Lujan Grisham is a co-sponsor of existing legislation that strengthens life-saving background checks and keeps guns out of the wrong hands. She is also co-sponsoring the Gun Violence Research Act, which would repeal the prohibition on the Centers for Disease Control form studying gun violence in the U.S.