Sending Office: Honorable Mike Thompson
We invite to join us sending the attached bipartisan letter to Speaker Paul Ryan and Leader Nancy Pelosi urging that they ensure none of the twelve subcommittee appropriations bills include any riders that impact gun violence prevention. Gun violence prevention
is an important and sensitive issue and, given the renewed national focus, now is not the time to include controversial appropriations riders that negatively impact gun laws.
As you know, previous appropriations riders – including the Tiahrt and Rehberg riders – have acted as a roadblock to gun violence prevention efforts, scientific research, and enforcement actions. Appropriations bills that fund our federal government are
not the proper platform for discussing such changes to gun policy. Instead, these measures must be seriously and properly considered by Congress through the regular order. This must be done in an open and transparent process where a full range of options can
be frankly discussed and debated by the proper committees of authorizing jurisdiction and the entire House of Representatives.
Keeping harmful riders out of the appropriations process is a necessary step toward reducing and preventing gun violence. For more information or to sign the letter, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org (Rep. Thompson).
PETER T. KING
ELIZABETH H. ESTY
BRIAN K. FITZPATRICK
ROBIN L. KELLY
May XX, 2018
The Honorable Paul D. Ryan The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Democratic Leader
U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20151 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi:
As the House Committee on Appropriations develops each of the twelve Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills, we urge that you ensure the Committee’s legislation not include harmful legislative language, or “riders,” that impact the enforcement of gun laws,
the operations of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), or research into the causes of gun violence and how to prevent it. Gun violence reduction and prevention is an important and sensitive issue. Given the renewed national focus on gun violence prevention,
now is not the time to include controversial appropriations riders that negatively impact gun laws.
Instead, such changes to gun policy must be seriously and properly considered by Congress through the regular order. This must be done in an open and transparent process where a full range of options can be frankly discussed and debated by the proper committees
of authorizing jurisdiction and the entire House of the Representatives. Over the past several years, various appropriations riders related to gun policy have had unintended consequences that could have been prevented had these issues been properly and more
thoroughly debated in Congress.
For example, the Tiahrt and Rehberg amendments, among others, have prevented law enforcement from requiring FFLs to keep an inventory of their firearms, prevented law enforcement and academic institutions from using gun trace data to better understand the
pattern of crime gun transfers, and chilled unbiased scientific research into the causes of gun violence and the means of preventing it.
As the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations process begins through the respective subcommittees, we urge you to support the development of legislation that is free of harmful gun-related riders. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
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