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Ahead of Trump’s Address, Napolitano, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Join First Responders Opposing GOP Efforts to Undermine Public Safety

February 28, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) stood with her fellow House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force colleagues as well as first responders from across the country at a press conference in strong opposition to Republican efforts to undermine public safety, ahead of President Donald Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress. Napolitano was accompanied by Fire Captain Andy Doyle, a firefighter from Los Angeles County, who is also her guest for tonight’s Joint Session.

“Besides the police, firefighters and other first responders are directly affected by loose gun laws. They treat gun victims and become targeted themselves,” Napolitano said. “I have asked my local police departments to comment on the proposed gun bills, and so far, we have received unanimous opposition to concealed carry reciprocity and gun silencers. We must support local efforts to combat gun violence, including public education, gang diversion programs, and gun buy-backs. The NRA is blocking reasonable measures to prevent gun violence, but you can be sure we will continue to fight against any effort which threatens the safety of our communities and first responders.”

President Trump and House Republicans are promoting two bills that would endanger communities in Southern California and across the nation. H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would mandate the ability to transport firearms for use across state lines. H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act, would deregulate gun silencers. Napolitano has solicited input from San Gabriel Valley police departments and LA County Sheriffs in her district, and initial feedback shows concerns that both proposals would imperil first responders and undermine state laws.

“Why would we want another tool to be put in the hands of people who mean harm, to harm police officers? That’s all this is for,” said Captain Doyle. “When we respond with police or before police, we’ll now be put in more harm’s way with silencers, because we won’t know where it’s coming from. As a new firefighter, I responded to a call where someone was shot, and the police had to come out because they knew where the shooter was and we couldn’t quite find them. They protected us. Now that won’t happen. They’ll have no idea where the person is shooting from, we can’t rush in and protect anybody. There’s only one reason for a silencer; not for hearing protection.”

The full press conference can be viewed here:


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