For Immediate Release
April 2, 2014
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) issued the following statement urging President Barack Obama to ban the import of assault weapons on the heels of California state Sen. Leland Yee’s arrest and federal indictment alleging his willingness to import assault weapons. A ban on imported assault weapons was first imposed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and strengthened by President Bill Clinton. The ban lapsed under President George W. Bush and continues to not be enforced.
“This FBI investigation of Leland Yee reveals how easy it is to import lethal assault weapons that were previously banned. This case should be a warning to us all that even the most trusted appearing among us are ready to do real harm. Since Congress can pass no meaningful gun control laws, even after the mass killing in Newtown, President Obama should use his pen to slow the import of these weapons, which have no place in our homes.”
Congresswoman Speier is the sponsor of the federal Gun Transparency and Accountability (Gun TRAC) Act of 2013, the Child Handgun Safety Act of 2013 and co-sponsor Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.