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Sandy Hook Promise Calls on Senate to Pass Collins Amendment
Washington D.C. – June 23, 2016 – Sandy Hook Promise, the national gun violence prevention organization, applauds Senator Susan Collins and her colleagues for swiftly taking action after the Senate failed to pass gun safety measures earlier this week and proposing the bipartisan Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016 in an effort to close the terror gap. In light of the Orlando tragedy, this amendment is an important step to protect innocent lives. If persons are deemed unsafe to fly, they should not be able to purchase a firearm.
“I commend Senator Collins and her colleagues for their work to put forward bipartisan legislation that can help protect our country from senseless gun violence,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise who lost his first-grade son at Sandy Hook. “We cannot lose hold of this moment by expecting or accepting inaction in the Senate or House. I demand more from Congress and expect them to come together and do the right thing, starting by passing this commonsense amendment to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands.”
Sandy Hook Promise also stands with the members of the House and their Senate colleagues who led a sit-in beginning Wednesday morning to demand a vote on gun violence prevention legislation, including legislation to close the terror gap, before the recess. Both chambers must come together and act to end this epidemic of gun violence across our country.
If Congress passes this new amendment, it will prevent people who are on the FBI’s No Fly List or Selectee List from purchasing firearms.
About Sandy Hook Promise
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child. SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late. SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance. Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.