Rep. Aguilar Passes Historic Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC — Last week, Rep Aguilar helped pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, historic gun violence prevention legislation that will save countless lives.
“This vote is for the families of San Bernardino, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Boulder, Buffalo, Parkland, Uvalde, and so many more who have suffered the horrific loss and trauma of gun violence,” said Rep. Aguilar. “This commonsense proposal will protect children, keep schools safe and reduce the threat of violence in communities in the Inland Empire and across the country. In the days ahead, we need to build on this legislation and pass additional gun safety measures to keep weapons of war off our streets.”
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act provides $750 million in support for states to create and administrate laws that ensure deadly weapons stay out of the hands of individuals deemed a significant threat to themselves or others by a court. This bill adds protections for victims of domestic violence by ensuring convicted abusers are added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Additionally, this legislation increases funding for schools to expand mental health and supportive services in schools and improve school safety.
On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law.
Rep. Aguilar serves as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and as a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.