I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I will work tirelessly in Congress to ensure that our constitutional rights are never infringed. I do not believe an assault rifle ban would be a wise or useful policy. I do, however, believe we have an obligation to do our best to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those that are truly mentally ill in order to protect our families and friends. Therefore, I am open to considering legislation that requires background checks for all guns sold at gun shows so long as the background checks remain quick and efficient, do not lead to any national registration of firearms or gun owners, and does not extend to sales between private citizens.
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The bipartisan Jake Laird Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week during National Police Week and Mental Health Awareness Month.
The bill enables local law enforcement to temporarily remove and retain firearms with probable cause from individuals who are determined to be an imminent danger to themselves or others.
The bill also provides grants to states to provide police officers with additional training with the goal of deescalating life-threatening crises and preventing future potentially deadly events.
Last week during National Police Week and Mental Health Awareness Month, U.S. Representatives Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.-05), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.-22), Fred Upton (R-Mich.-06) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.-12) reintroduced the Jake Laird Act, a bipartisan bill named after an Indianapolis police officer who was shot and killed in 2004 in the line of duty by a man who struggled with mental illness.
As we reflect on National Police Week, which ended Saturday, let’s provide our law enforcement across the country every tool possible to prevent senseless acts of gun violence from harming or claiming the lives of innocent people, including our law enforcement officers.
Children are frequently asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer for Timothy “Jake” Laird from Noblesville was always the same. He dreamed of becoming a police officer.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05), Ted Deutch (D-FL22), Fred Upton (R-MI06) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI12) held a press conference to introduce H.R. 5717, the Jake Laird Act, a bipartisan bill named after an Indianapolis, Indiana police officer who was shot and killed in 2004 in the line of duty by a man who struggled with mental illness.