Congressman Jason Crow, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Hold Forum Urging Senate to Take Action on Gun Violence

September 10, 2019
Press Release
Crow serves as Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

WASHINGTON – The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and Congressman Jason Crow, Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, held a Forum today on the urgent need for Senate action where he was joined by dozens of colleagues urging Senate Republicans to vote on commonsense, House-passed background check legislation.

At the hearing, members of Congress asked witnesses questions to highlight the need for action on gun safety legislation. You can watch Crow’s line of questioning here (Start 1:22:30).

Witnesses present at today’s hearing were:

  • Vic Bencomo – 22-year Navy veteran, gun owner, and member of Colorado Gun Owners for Safety
  • The Honorable Christine Hunschofsky – Mayor of Parkland
  • Ret. Chief Daniel Isom – Former Chief of Police for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Dr. Joseph Sakran – Trauma surgeon and gun violence survivor from Baltimore
  • Ariel Hobbs – Student member of the March for Our Lives Board of Directors from Texas

Since taking office in January, Crow has actively sought solutions to fight the gun violence epidemic in America, supporting numerous legislative measures and meeting with first responders and mental health officials to address the issue of gun violence. Last month, Crow joined with Navy veteran and fellow freshmen member Rep. Sherrill to pen an op-ed calling for the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. Crow helped introduce the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act which would repeal the liability shield protecting gun sellers and manufacturers, is a proud co-sponsor of H.R. 8, bipartisan background checks bill, and helped secure a $5 million federal funding increase for mental health services at schools.

Following the credible threat of a school shooting in Colorado in April where a young woman infatuated with the Columbine massacre was able to exploit a loophole to buy a shotgun, Crow introduced the Colorado Loophole Act, filed as the “Closing the Loophole on Interstate Firearm Sales Act,” to close the loophole that allows purchasers to immediately obtain rifles and shotguns, but not handguns, when traveling out-of-state.