ENGEL ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO BAN COP KILLER FIVE-SEVEN PISTOLS
March 3, 2005
Washington, D.C. - Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) announced he has introduced legislation to ban the five-seven handgun - a pistol capable of killing a police officer by penetrating a bullet-proof vest from over 200 meters.
"It is common sense that five-seven handguns should be banned because the weapon exists only to kill law enforcement officers," said Rep. Engel. "If you support police officers, then you should support my legislation to ban this cop-killer weapon. Police officers wear bullet-proof vests to get them home safe to their families and loved-ones. We owe it to those brave men and women to help ensure their bullet-proof vests cannot be pierced by readily available five-seven handguns."
Engel continued, "The National Rifle Association (NRA) is going to try and kill this legislation, and the NRA's most vocal supporters are in the House of Representatives. I expect the strongest opposition to this bill in the House, but will fight any opposition because it means the difference between a cop being killed or returning home from their shift."
Joining Rep. Engel at today's press conference was: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Washington D.C. Police Department, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Black Police Association and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
The Five-SeveN handgun, manufactured by FN Herstal of Belgium, is lightweight and easily concealed. On the company's website, the gun is marketed as able "to defeat the enemy in all close combat situations in urban areas, jungle conditions, night missions and any self defense action. Enemy personnel, even wearing body armor can be effectively engaged up to 200 meters. Kevlar® helmets and vests as well as the CRISAT protection will be penetrated." (http://www.fnherstal.com/html/Index.htm)
The Five-seveN looks and fires like any other handgun, and is the same size as a standard police issue Glock. What makes this gun different is the high-velocity and pointed 5.7x28mm round it fires.
Rep. Engel added, "This weapon can kill a police officer from further than two football fields. The only reason someone would want this weapon is to kill a cop."
Today, Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation in the United States Senate.
The Congressman concluded, "I hope to receive broad and bipartisan support in the Congress for this legislation."