Maloney Statement on House Floor Sit-In and Holland Tunnel Gun Bust

Jun 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on the House floor gun control sit-in and the cache of weapons discovered in a truck on its way to NYC via the Holland Tunnel:

“It has been two days since the Senate failed to pass four pieces of legislation aimed at curbing gun violence; two days since the Republican Party showed once again that they are willing to put the lives of millions of Americans at risk. And in the House, we cannot even get a vote.  Time after time we have pushed for Congress to say ‘Enough is Enough!’ but our attempts have been blocked at every turn.

“We cannot accept inaction. We need to pass measures to protect our citizens, and we need to do it now. Just yesterday, three people were arrested with a truck full of loaded guns that they were bringing into New York City through the Holland Tunnel. These weapons were only found because the authorities pulled the truck over for a cracked windshield. We don’t know what those guns were intended to be used for. Without that mistake, those guns could now be on the streets of NYC. We need to enact better gun safety laws because the next truck full of weapons may not have a cracked windshield, or a busted taillight.

“That is why I am proud to join my colleagues in the House of Representatives for a historic sit-in to push for a vote on essential gun safety legislation. We have been pushed to the breaking point, and I find it appalling that Speaker Ryan would allow the House to recess without bringing this to a vote. This inaction is an insult to those who have lost their lives to gun violence. We are done with moments of silence unaccompanied by moments of action. We are done watching as more people are murdered by guns. I echo my fellow Democrats: No bill, no break!”