Rep. Maloney Statement on Charleston Church Shooting

Jun 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on the Charleston Church Shooting that claimed nine lives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“No words can ease the pain of the families who lost so much yesterday. Only our prayers can help, and I am praying for the families and friends who lost loved ones and for those who were injured. Today, our nation stands with the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the people of Charleston and we will never forget them.

“While we don’t yet know the full details of this tragedy, we know that our society is obligated to put an end to the bloodshed in our schools, our churches, and on our streets. We must do more to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who would do others harm, and we must do more to change our society so that the anger and hatred of a few does not steal the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year.”

Maloney is the lead sponsor of five gun safety laws:

Legislation to study gun violence research (H.R.2612) would set aside $10 million in funding each year for FY2016-2021 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention. 

The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015 (H.R.2380) would subject gun sales and transfers at gun shows to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Private sales of weapons at gun shows are presently allowed without a background check.

The Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015 (H.R. 2613) would improve gun safety by ensuring that only authorized users would be able to operate handguns utilizing personalization (or “smart gun”) technology. On average, there are 32,000 deaths and 76,000 injuries occurring from gun violence each year in the United States.

The Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2015 (H.R.2546) would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon and imposes a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have the required coverage.

Maloney will soon re-introduce the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act (H.R. 452, 113th Congress) to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and impose stronger penalties for “straw purchasers” who buy guns for convicted felons and others who are prohibited from buying guns on their own.