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Everytown Applauds Nancy Pelosi’s Reelection as Speaker of the House of Representatives

January 4, 2021

Speaker Pelosi is an Unparalleled Leader on Gun Safety who Led the Charge Last Congress to Pass Life-Saving Legislation through the House of Representatives –– Including Bills to Require Background Checks on All Gun Sales, Address the Charleston Loophole, and Disarm Domestic Abusers 

Last Year, Speaker Pelosi Received Everytown’s First Ever “Gun Sense Lawmaker of the Year” Award for Her Leadership on Gun Safety

NEW YORK — Today, Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, applauded Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) reelection as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Last year, Everytown for Gun Safety awarded Speaker Pelosi with its first-ever “Gun Sense Lawmaker of the Year” award, in recognition of her unparalleled leadership on gun safety at the federal level. 

“Speaker Pelosi is a proven gun sense champion, and I can think of no one better to lead the congressional charge for common-sense change at a time when COVID-19 is making gun violence even more deadly,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “ We look forward to working with Speaker Pelosi and the gun sense majority in the House to pass life-saving legislation.”

“Speaker Pelosi is a hero to the gun safety movement,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “She has stood up to the NRA countless times, supported our organization since day one, and overseen the House passage of the first major federal gun safety legislation in two decades. We’re thrilled that she’ll be continuing as Speaker, and we’ll stand behind her every step of the way as she leads the charge to pass gun safety legislation.”

Last Congress, Speaker Pelosi led the passage of meaningful gun safety legislation in the House for the first time in decades. Gun violence prevention legislation that passed the U.S. House in the 116th Congress under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership included H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require background checks on all gun sales; H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, which contained life-saving provisions to disarm domestic abusers and stalkers; H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, which would address the “Charleston loophole,” which allows gun sales to proceed after three business days even if a background check has not been completed; and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would be a key step toward addressing police brutality, racial profiling, and other fundamental problems in our law enforcement system. She also spearheaded House passage of the strongest gun safety appropriations package in history, which sustained investment in gun violence research, strengthened the background check system, sought data on the surge in gun sales during COVID-19, and much more. 

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