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Feinstein Agrees with Companies: Act Now on Gun Violence

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after 145 corporate executives sent a letter to the Senate demanding action to reduce gun violence:

“I agree with the executives of 145 major American companies who are demanding the Senate address our country’s serious epidemic of gun violence. It’s time that Senate Republicans stop blocking bills that would prevent more shootings.

“Every single day that the Senate fails to act, more lives are put at risk. There have been shootings in schools, houses of worship and the places we shop, yet Senate Republicans still refuse to act. What will it take for them to finally join us?

“Early this week, the House Judiciary Committee passed three new bills to address gun violence: a ban on high-capacity magazines, a bill to prevent individuals convicted of hate crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms and the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, a bill I introduced with Congressman Carbajal to encourage more states to allow family members and law enforcement to lawfully and temporarily remove guns from individuals a judge has determined are dangerous.

“These commonsense proposals, along with other bills passed by the House to require universal background checks and close the ‘Charleston loophole,’ are supported by the vast majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans. They deserve a vote in the Senate.

“More and more companies are standing up and saying ‘enough is enough.’ But the private sector can’t solve this problem by itself. It’s going to take action on the part of Senate Republicans. We can’t delay action any longer.”