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Congressman Anthony Brown: It’s Time to Break the Cycle of Gun Violence

“For too long, we’ve allowed easy access to semiautomatic weapons, resulting in senseless tragedy after senseless tragedy.”

“After every shooting, we ask ourselves what more we could have done. Whether one action could’ve saved the lives of those children, those mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and neighbors. It’s time to break this cycle. It’s time for action."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 1808, a bill that would prohibit the sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines:

“Weapons of war have no place in our neighborhoods. For too long, we’ve allowed easy access to semiautomatic weapons, resulting in senseless tragedy after senseless tragedy. Today’s vote is a message that enough is enough.

“After every shooting, we ask ourselves what more we could have done. Whether one action could’ve saved the lives of those children, those mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and neighbors. It’s time to break this cycle. It’s time for action.

"Banning these weapons won’t solve our nation’s gun violence epidemic overnight, but we know that they significantly reduce the likelihood of a mass shooting. While Congress has thus far refused to act to ban these deadly firearms, Maryland has. If we can make it just a little harder for someone to get their hands on them and if we can save even just one life or one community from this carnage and grief, it will be worth it.”

Congressman previously passed the “Raise the Age” Act to increase the age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21 years old, in line with handguns. The title passed on one of the largest bipartisan votes, 228-199, as part of House Democrats’ “Protecting Our Kids” package of gun violence prevention legislation.

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