Rooney: We must act now to stop mass killings

Congressman Rooney stated, “As we mourn the senseless loss of life in Dayton and El Paso, we must also take action to prevent similar tragedies from occurring elsewhere. We need to commit to a serious, bipartisan review of how to avoid guns getting into the hands of unstable people. This is a multi-faceted challenge to our society.

“In the 115th Congress I voted in favor of the Fix NICS Act, which mandates that federal and state authorities report relevant information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The sex offender database offers an analogy to this process, whereby states are required to share information for proper background checks and demonstrable results have been achieved. This legislation was signed into law last year.

“In the present Congress, I am a co-sponsor of the TAPS Act, which is bipartisan legislation that offers state and local authorities the same training and support to identify mass shooters as the Secret Service and FBI. I also support instituting red-flag laws similar to those enacted in Florida following the tragedy at Parkland, and a Violent Threat Restraining Order (VTRO) process that balances the need to interdict dangerous people while preserving due process. On March 5, 2018, nineteen days after the mass killing at Parkland High School, I published a summary of a series of measures, including these, which should be undertaken to stem the violence. This summary can be found at https://francisrooney.house.gov/ .

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