***VIDEO RELEASE*** ICYMI: Menendez Calls for Action on Gun Reform

***VIDEO RELEASE*** ICYMI: Menendez Calls for Action on Gun Reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) joined several colleagues on the Senate Floor yesterday to call for action on common sense gun safety legislation.  

“Unfortunately, too many of my colleagues act as if mass shootings are inevitable when, in reality, they are preventable.  And the American people are sick and tired of it.  That’s why they’ve been so inspired by the students from Parkland,” said Sen. Menendez.  “As Americans take action, the question is whether Congress will do the same.  Far too many of my colleagues still fear a backlash from the NRA.  But if we’re going to get anywhere, we must stop letting the NRA set the agenda here in Washington.”




In calling on Congress to act, the senator noted several private companies that have taken action since a former student, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, stormed the Florida high school on Feb. 14, killing 17 students and faculty and injuring more than a dozen others.  Just this week, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart announced it would no longer sell firearms to people under 21, and Dick’s said it would stop selling assault rifles, like the AR-15.  Companies, such as United Airlines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, have discontinued benefit programs for National Rifle Association (NRA) members.

Sen. Menendez was joined on the Senate Floor by colleagues Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in urging Republicans to join with Democrats to promote gun safety and put forth real solutions on gun violence.

On Sunday, Sen. Menendez stood with survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting at a rally in Livingston, N.J., calling for passage of common sense gun safety measures.  He was joined by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Harris Jaffe, siblings David and Lauren Hogg, and brothers Ryan and Matthew Deitsch. 

Sen. Menendez is the prime sponsor of the Keep Americans Safe Act, common sense public safety legislation banning the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse.  During last week’s CNN town hall with members of the Parkland community, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he has reconsidered his opposition to a ban on high-capacity magazines.  Sen. Menendez welcomed his support.

Sen. Menendez, who voted for the original Assault Weapons Ban in 1994 as a member of the House of Representatives, has cosponsored legislation to reinstate the assault weapons ban. He has also sponsored legislation to expand background checks and close the gun show loophole, outlaw “bump stocks” and other devices that make semiautomatic weapons fully automatic, prevent those on the Terror Watch List from purchasing guns, and improve access to mental health and addiction treatment. 

Earlier this month, Sen. Menendez joined a group of senators in demanding answers after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) failed to record court-martials or criminal convictions of servicemembers into the FBI’s background check database.  The senator opposes arming school teachers and supports the rights of states to pass their own gun laws restricting concealed carry permits.  He also participated in the 2016 Democratic filibuster for common sense gun safety on the Senate Floor and joined his House colleagues in a sit-in on the House Floor.