Congressman Horsford Joins Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Calls for Mitch McConnell to End Senate Recess and Pass Gun Safety Bills

August 7, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) joined his colleagues on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the Senate’s August recess and pass gun safety laws passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year in the wake of this past week’s violent mass shootings. 

“Every day, background checks stop more than 170 felons and 50 domestic abusers from getting a gun. The time for inaction has passed; for each day that the Senate waits to pass common sense gun safety laws, the American people are threatened with more acts of senseless violence,” Congressman Horsford said. “The House has already put in the work to pass universal background check legislation. It’s your turn, Leader McConnell.” 

The letter, sent to Senate Majority Leader McConnell, was authored by Mike Thompson (CA-5), the Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force of which Congressman Horsford is a member. The letter discusses mass shootings that occurred recently in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois. Congressman Horsford’s home state of Nevada has also been affected by gun violence: In 2017, the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas claimed 59 lives and injured more than 800. 

“We have a responsibility to pass laws that will make all Americans safer from gun violence, whether they’re our children in schools or our law enforcement officers patrolling the streets. It’s time for the Senate to join the House in passing these common sense gun safety laws.” Congressman Horsford said. “Thank you to Chairman Thompson for his leadership on this issue that has not only touched the communities of Dayton, El Paso, Chicago and Gilroy, but also the constituents that I represent in Nevada.”