Higgins Backs Community Effort to Reduce Gun Violence
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is supporting a community effort to reduce gun violence in Western New York and across the nation. Last week Higgins held a virtual meeting with Most Valuable Parents (MVP) and other local leaders organizing the public campaign which includes a push to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment.
As community leaders announced the effort in Western New York this week, Higgins championed their cause on the House floor, saying in part, “Members of my community are coming together to call on Congress to repeal provisions that prohibit our government from knowing if firearms have been lost or stolen. I support their call to action and urge this body to continue to work to make our communities safer for all. Many would still be with us today if legislation this House has passed - common sense gun reforms, universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons - were enacted into law. We can and must do better. Repeal the Tiahrt Amendment.”
The full speech is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF0Hj9t-7QM
The Tiahrt Amendment, implemented in 2003, prohibits the National Tracing Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from releasing information from its firearms trace database. This policy limits the ability of law enforcement to investigate gun crimes and hold predatory gun dealers accountable.
Higgins is a cosponsor of HR 5917, which includes repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, and supports other legislative vehicles aimed at reducing gun violence, including bills banning assault rifles, implementing universal background checks, offering gun buybacks, and allowing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence.