Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement on H.R. 1808:  


“I’ve supported commonsense measures and reasonable gun safety legislation that also respects Second Amendment rights, like the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that was signed into law earlier this summer. Unfortunately, I’m concerned that the present legislation fails to clearly define what constitutes an assault weapon and would crack down on common hunting rifles, shotguns, and other pistols used by law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen across the country.    


“Further, this bill was hastily brought to the House floor through a rushed process that left no opportunity to study the bill in detail and consult with Wisconsin Law Enforcement organizations and constituents. I’ve also been working hard to increase funding for COPS Grants, Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, de-escalation training, and more for our Law Enforcement Officers and I’m disappointed that measures like these were dropped from consideration at the last minute. 


“The Senate isn’t in a position to move on this legislation right now, so we have time to make improvements and ensure we’re respecting the Second Amendment while also working to address local Law Enforcement needs. Moving forward, I’ll keep working to find solutions that protect both our communities and the rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners.”  

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