Perlmutter Discusses U.S. Constitution Founding Principles During Rules Committee on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) expressed support for action on gun violence prevention measures during a House Rules Committee hearing. In his remarks, Perlmutter noted communities have been harmed and families have forever been scarred from gun violence, and called the legislation before the House “practical, simple and reasonable efforts to curb this [gun] violence.” Perlmutter reminded his colleagues of the foundational principles of the U.S. Constitution in its assurance of “domestic tranquility” and “general Welfare” and the Declaration of Independence and its endowment of the first “inalienable Right” to “life” as the Congress seeks to find bipartisan, commonsense solutions to curb gun violence in the United States. Click here or below to view Perlmutter’s remarks:

As a State Senator, Perlmutter represented the area adjacent to Columbine High School during the shooting in 1999 which killed 12 students and a teacher and injured more than two dozen individuals. In 2012, Perlmutter represented Aurora in Congress, the location of the theater shooting which took 12 lives. The legislation debated during today’s Rules Committee hearing was H.R. 2377, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order and H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act. 

H.R. 7910 would:
• Raise the age to 21 for an individual to purchase certain semi-automatic centerfire rifles and shotguns. Currently, an individual has to be 21 years old to purchase a handgun but can purchase a semi-automatic centerfire rifle or shotgun at age 18.
• Establishes new federal offenses for gun trafficking and for the use of “straw purchasers”.
• Closes a loophole to ensure ghost guns, including firearms manufactured or completed using 3D printing, are subject to existing federal firearm regulation.
• Establishes federal standards and best practices for safe gun storage on residential premises as well as imposes penalties if an ineligible child or resident accesses an unsecured firearm and causes injury or death.
• Codifies President Trump’s ban on bump stocks and other devices to allow firearms to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger.
• Prohibits the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds of ammunition, with certain exceptions.

H.R. 2377 would encourage every state to establish their own red flag laws to put a temporary hold on firearm access for individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others, similar to the law Colorado implemented in 2020. Perlmutter is a cosponsor of both pieces of legislation and supports other measures such as enhanced background checks, closing the interstate firearm sales loophole, new requirements to expand the availability of information domestic terrorism, a mandatory 3-day waiting period before a person can receive a handgun, funding for gun violence research, and establishing an advisory council to support victims of gun violence. 

Perlmutter is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and has led efforts to address senseless gun violence, including reintroducing the ban on assault weapons, including a ban on bump stocks, in 2013 following the tragedy in Aurora. Perlmutter also sponsored legislation to research the impacts of active shooter drills in schools as well as legislation to designate July 20th as National Heroes Day to honor the sacrifices of everyday heroes, inspired by the four men whose lives were taken while shielding others during the Aurora theater shooting. 


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