Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Members Request Meeting with President Trump

October 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today joined her Gun Violence Prevention Task Force colleagues in a letter to President Trump requesting that he meet with the task force to discuss commonsense gun reform. The letter comes on the heels of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas.

“For years, we have extended our hand and asked the Republican Leadership to come to the table to work with us to find a solution. At every turn, they have refused,” the lawmakers wrote. “They rejected a bipartisan commonsense reform of our background check system.  They refused to establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence. They have refused to even hold a hearing. Meanwhile, Americans are dying.”

“That’s why we are asking you to meet with members of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force,” the lawmakers added. “You have the power to make real change in America and protect our communities from the senseless gun violence like we saw in Las Vegas. Together, we can find common ground that respects and supports the 2nd Amendment while keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have them – criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.  We are reaching out to you, please: join us in the fight to end gun violence.”

Congresswoman Lowey has been a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force since it was established following the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in 2012. Over 1,500 mass shootings have happened since the Sandy Hook tragedy.

In 2015, Congresswoman Lowey introduced the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Community Protection Act (H.R. 3375) to increase the three-day waiting period for background checks to 14 business days in order for federal examiners to have more time to perform thorough background checks. She has also cosponsored legislation to close the “terror gap,” which allows individuals on terror watch lists to legally purchase guns; worked to add a similar measure to the annual Department of Justice spending bill; and supports bills to close the gun show loophole and to limit assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

Today, Congresswoman Lowey joined her House Democratic colleagues, including Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Lewis, along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, at a press event on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and to call for commonsense gun reform legislation.

A pdf of the letter can be found here.