This is the most significant executive action on gun violence in a generation. These actions set a model of courage & strength that Congress must now match. 1/7
I’m especially glad to see steps to expand ERPO laws. For years, I’ve worked to provide additional support for states seeking to help law enforcement take action when there is solid evidence that someone is in crisis—intensely & imminently a danger to themselves or to others. 2/7
ERPO laws are already on the books in 19 states & DC & a model bill that provides best practices & critical guidance will help even more states follow suit. 3/7
The action on ghost guns will protect against untraceable, homemade weapons that no law abiding gun owner would want. We’ve seen a large increase in the sale & use of these dangerous DIY weapons since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making this action all the more urgent. 4/7
There is no reason that a gun built in your kitchen should be treated any differently that one bought in a store. 5/7
This public health epidemic demands a comprehensive, “whole of government” solution. Bold & inclusive investments in evidence-based, community-violence intervention programs will address the daily toll of gun violence—& its disproportionate impact on communities of color. 6/7
The commonsense steps the Biden Admin is taking will save lives & prevent injuries & trauma that ripple through every corner of America. But executive orders from one president can be changed by another, so strong & effective laws to prevent gun violence are still critical. 7/7

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