U.S. Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35) today announced her appointment by Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) to serve on a congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Thompson was named by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to chair a congressional task force on reducing and preventing gun violence in December, 2012. The task force is focused on developing a comprehensive set of common sense policy proposals to reduce and prevent gun violence. Specific issue areas the task force will address include: examining sensible restrictions on firearms while protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of responsible gun owners, closing gaps in our mental health care system, strengthening our background check system, and addressing violence in our culture.
"We need to take a comprehensive, common sense approach to cut down on gun violence," said Negrete McLeod. "I believe a law-abiding citizen should be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to own a firearm. But I also believe there are certain steps we can take to prevent more Americans from being victims to gun violence. I look forward to serving on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and working to enact meaningful and effective legislation that will help make our streets and communities safer while not infringing on our 2nd Amendment right."
"The members of our task force have an extensive range of expertise, come from diverse backgrounds and will each bring fresh and different ideas to the table," said Thompson. "Working together, we can put policies in place that reduce and prevent gun violence while also protecting law-abiding individuals' 2nd Amendment right to own firearms."
Over the next several weeks the task force will hold a number of meetings and hearings designed to identify the best policies to reduce and prevent gun violence. The task force will meet with and hear from law enforcement officers, gun owners and sportsmen groups, gun manufactures and gun retailers, mental health experts, gun violence prevention groups, members of the entertainment industry, education organizations and other experts and stakeholders.
A comprehensive set of policy proposals will be released by the task force in early February