Harlem’s Espaillat, Schneider Joint Statement On President Biden’s Gun Violence Prevention Executive Orders

April 8, 2021

Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Brad Schneider released the following joint statement in response to President Biden’s executive orders to address gun control and gun prevention in our nation:

“We applaud today’s executive actions from President Biden and the Biden Harris administration to take guns out of the hands of criminals and implement comprehensive measures to help our nation address gun control. America’s gun problem impacts each of us, our families, and our communities. Reforming our gun laws is paramount for our country and the victims of mass shootings, but it is also necessary that we work to protect victims of everyday gun violence. Today’s actions include a specific aim to address the rising problem of untraceable “ghost guns,” which we hope will be in line with our Ghost Guns Are Guns Act (H.R. 1454), a bill that we re-introduced last month to close a loophole that allows purchasers to avoid federal background checks by buying firearm parts or kits online. We stand united to work with the Biden administration to address the epidemic of gun violence, and urge our House colleagues to pass our Ghost Guns Are Guns Act, to amend Title 18 of the United States Code to include firearm assembly kits in the definition of firearms. Today is a tremendous step forward to address the impact of guns on families because Americans deserve more than our thoughts and prayers, they deserve action.”

The Ghost Guns Are Guns Act would close the “ghost guns” loophole which allows purchasers to avoid federal background checks by buying unassembled firearms online.

H.R. 1454 amends Title 18 of the United States Code to include firearm assembly kits in the definition of firearms.

Click here to read the legislation in its entirety.

Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill, and the northwest Bronx.

First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.

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He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice-Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip.

Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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