The Office of Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald
For Immediate Release
Levittown, NY – Speaking at an event in her district, Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald (R-NY) discussed gun control.
“The safety of you and your family is one of my top priorities. That is why I have been and will continue to be a proud advocate of stronger gun control. Our gun laws in this country are too lax, and there are too many loopholes that can be taken advantage of by really bad people. Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Santa Fe, and countless other mass shootings have shown us the dangers of lax gun laws.
“We made great progress during the last session of Congress when President Trump signed legislation into law that banned bump stocks like the kind used in the Las Vegas shooting that killed dozens of people. I was proud to support and vote for this legislation in Congress because it was the right thing to do. Bump stocks are designed to turn non-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons that are prohibited by law. It was a huge loophole in our gun laws that President Trump and I helped close, and I will oppose any attempt to repeal this new law.
“Banning bump stocks was just the beginning. During the next session of Congress, I will introduce several proposals to strengthen gun control in our country and close various gun law loopholes that put dangerous guns into the hands of dangerous criminals.
“First, we need to get untraceable so-called ghost guns off our streets. These are weapons that lack a serial number because they are manufactured underground with a 3D printer. During the last session of Congress, I co-sponsored legislation to ban 3D printed guns. In the next session of Congress, I will re-introduce this legislation to keep ghost guns out of the hands of criminals.
“Second, we need to restrict access to assault weapons with high capacity magazines. I will introduce legislation next session to raise the minimum age to buy these types of weapons from 18 years old to 21 years old. It doesn’t make any sense that you can’t buy a handgun – or even a beer – before your 21st birthday, but you can buy an assault rifle.
“Third, we need to expand the categories of people prohibited from purchasing guns. Specifically, we need to prohibit people on the No-Fly list from buying a gun. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, then you’re too dangerous to buy a gun. In the next session of Congress, I will introduce legislation to prohibit dangerous terrorists on the No-Fly list from purchasing firearms.
“And finally, we need to expand background checks on gun sales. Specifically, we need to close the gun show loophole. In the next session of Congress, I will introduce legislation that will close the gun show loophole and effectively require a background check on virtually all commercial gun sales in the United States.
“These four proposals are common sense reforms that will make our country safer. I support responsible gun ownership and the Second Amendment, but the Constitution gives us the right to regulate the manufacture and sale of guns in our country. We need to do whatever it takes to keep dangerous guns out of the hands of dangerous people who want to kill us.”