Sending Office: Honorable Val Butler Demings
Cosponsor the Law Enforcement Protection Act
Cosponsors: Reps. Kelly, Deutch, Jackson Lee, Krishnamoorthi, Raskin, Norton, Swalwell, Johnson (GA), & Cohen
Endorsed by: Giffords, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, & National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
Please help to protect law enforcement officers and our communities by cosponsoring H.R. 1297, the Law Enforcement Protection Act (LEPA). This act will close a dangerous loophole in the National Firearms Act (NFA) by adding armor-piercing, concealable weapons
which were specifically designed to avoid NFA regulation. These weapons pose a particular risk to law enforcement officers but are dangerous to every American.
This commonsense addition to the NFA would help regulate the availability of these dangerous weapons, reduce the likelihood they will be used in a crime, and protect law enforcement by keeping many of these firearms off the streets and allowing officers
to identify individuals who possess them.
The National Firearms Act (NFA), enacted in 1934, was the first federal regulation on the manufacture, transfer, and possession of firearms. Possession of NFA-regulated firearms requires a background check, submission of photo identification and fingerprints,
and registration of the firearm with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This framework has proven to be extremely effective in preventing crimes by these weapons.
The NFA regulates particularly dangerous weapons like machineguns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns. In recent years, however, the gun industry has begun to manufacture firearms to circumvent this regulation—including the armor-piercing,
concealable weapons this legislation seeks to address. If the handguns addressed by LEPA were designed to be fired from the shoulder, they would be considered a short-barreled rifle, subjecting them to NFA regulation. They fire the same rifle rounds, but because
they are designed to be fired from the hand, they escape NFA regulation. This concealability, accuracy, and ability to penetrate body armor make these handguns as dangerous as those currently under NFA regulation.
As a former law enforcement officer, I am particularly concerned by the danger these weapons present to the law enforcement community. Each moment that a law enforcement officer is on shift places him or her at risk, and the availability of concealable,
armor-piercing weapons on our streets increases that risk exponentially. The majority of police are not equipped with body armor capable of properly protecting them from these types of weapons. Their concealability and lethality create an extreme risk to law
enforcement, one not present in most weapons currently owned by American citizens.
If you would like to be an original cosponsor, or if you have any questions about the Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2019, please contact
Val Butler Demings
Member of Congress
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