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Gun Violence Amendment Authored by Rep. Price Approved in FY19 CJS Appropriations Bill

May 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (May 17, 2018) – On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-NC) released the following statement after his amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY19 Appropriations bill was approved by the committee as part of the bipartisan “manager’s amendment.” The language authored by Rep. Price encourages states and localities to implement Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), or “Red Flag” laws, which allow local law enforcement to remove firearms from individuals who may pose a risk to themselves or others.

“Many times, individuals who carry out mass-shootings or commit suicide exhibit threatening or abnormal behavior prior to taking action. Family members or neighbors frequently report dangerous or aberrant activity preceding an attack or suicide attempt, but law enforcement has little legal ground to initiate a response. Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws create a mechanism for law enforcement to temporarily remove access to firearms for these individuals, while ensuring critical due-process protections remain in place.

I’m extremely pleased that my amendment—which clarifies that states and localities may use federal funds to implement and administer these laws—was approved by the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. I would like to thank the subcommittee for the opportunity to raise awareness of this possible use of federal funds, and I am hopeful that they will help to address the gun violence epidemic plaguing our streets and our communities.”