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L'Italien: ERPO Is 'Exactly the Kind of Common Sense Gun Control Our Country Needs More Of'

May 26, 2018 09:47PM

State Senator Barbara L'Italien

(The following information was submitted by the campaign office of State Sen. Barbara L'Italien.

ANDOVER,— State senator and congressional candidate Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ passage of a bill she co-sponsored establishing strong extreme risk protective orders in Massachusetts:

“This is exactly the kind of common sense gun control our country needs more of. Strong red flag laws could have prevented the Parkland shooting. They will protect countless victims of domestic violence from their abusers and keep those in mental health crisis safe. We won a genuine victory for public safety today.

“I've been on a mission to make Massachusetts a national model in preventing gun violence. The federal government needs to follow our lead. I’ve helped defeat the NRA to ban assault weapons and bump stocks in our state. I'm ready to beat them again to bring gun sense to Capitol Hill.”

BACKGROUND:

Barbara L’Italien, alone among the candidates in the Third District race, has a long record of not just rhetoric but policy change on gun control. She’s stood up to the NRA and passed gun safety laws that have saved lives.

When the federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, she voted as a state representative to preserve it in Massachusetts. When one of her constituents was killed in Las Vegas and Congress failed to step up, she helped push through a ban on bump stocks, trigger cranks, and similar accessories in the Commonwealth. She was a cosponsor of H.3610, An Act establishing extreme risk protective orders, even before the Parkland shooting.

With New Hampshire just a quick drive away from her home, she understands that strong gun control laws in Massachusetts are just the start. She supports congressional efforts to encourage more states to adopt red flag laws and to allow federal courts to issue extreme risk protection orders, and is committed to moving them forward if she is elected. More background is available on her positions on gun control at her campaign website.

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