June 27, 2022

New Democrat Coalition Chair Applauds Bipartisan Gun Violence Prevention Law

New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the below statement on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law by President Biden and all New Dem members unanimously voted to pass last week.

“New Democrat Coalition Members unanimously voted to send the most significant gun violence prevention legislation in nearly 30 years to the President’s desk. This package will save lives and improve public safety by strengthening the background check system, keeping guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others, and making a dramatic investment in mental health services.  

“Following the devastating mass shootings in Uvalde, TX and Buffalo, NY, New Dems called for urgent action on legislation to protect our communities. As incidents of gun violence rise at an alarming rate and following the Supreme Court’s decision to loosen gun laws for the first time in over a decade, this public safety legislation could not have come at a more critical time. While this package doesn’t accomplish everything needed to end the gun violence epidemic in America, we should make no mistake – it will save countless lives.   

“This historic progress would not have been possible without the work of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who were willing to come together in the face of tragedy to find common ground. I especially want to salute New Dem Representative Salud Carbajal (CA-24), who wrote the legislation that became law to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. And most importantly, we recognize the survivors and advocates who, despite facing obstruction and gridlock for three decades, never gave up their mission to make our communities safer. 

“New Dems know that making progress is what is truly progressive, and we don’t deliver for Americans until we get legislation across the finish line. We celebrate this step forward and will continue fighting for progress on public safety issues.”