Sending Office: Honorable Val Butler Demings
Cosponsor the Law Enforcement Protection Act (H.R. 1297)
Cosponsors: Reps. Boyle, Case, Cicilline, Cohen, Deutch, Doyle, Engel, Grijalva, Hastings, Jackson Lee, Johnson (GA), Kelly, Krishnamoorthi, Lee, Raskin, Rush, Norton, Shakowsky, Soto & Swalwell
Endorsed by: Giffords, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Officers
Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning a man opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio. In less than a minute the shooter was able to kill 9 people and injure 27others. The weapon used by the shooter was a .223 caliber AR-15 style pistol, similar to
an AR-15 style rifle but more concealable due to its shorter barrel. These types of weapons are concealable, fire armor-piercing ammunition, and are specifically designed to circumvent the National Firearms Act (NFA), a federal law regulating the manufacture,
transfer, and possession of firearms.
Please help me protect our communities and law enforcement officers 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 to the list of regulated firearms.
The NFA regulates particularly dangerous weapons like machineguns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns. 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. In recent years, however, the gun industry has begun to manufacture firearms
to circumvent this regulation—including the firearm used by the Dayton shooter.
Adding armor-piercing, concealable weapons 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.
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.
As an American citizen I am concerned about the lethality of these weapons and the ease with which they can be used. We have now witnessed in extreme horror the damage these weapons can inflict on our friends, families, and neighbors. Please
join me in cosponsoring this legislation and take an important step in increasing public safety.
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 B. Demings
Member of Congress
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