Today, gun sense champion Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) announced that he will not seek another term in Congress. In response, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Students Demand Action issued the following statements.
“After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — my high school — Rep. Deutch has centered the voices of survivors in his fierce advocacy for his constituents and for the gun safety movement,” said Sari Kaufman, a volunteer leader with Students Demand Action and a member of the Everytown Survivor Network who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. “I am grateful for the work he has done for my community and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
“In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Parkland, Rep. Deutch met the moment and became one of Washington’s most committed gun sense champions,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “The gun safety movement is stronger today because of Rep. Deutch’s leadership in Congress, and we wish him well in his next chapter.”
“Rep. Deutch has been a steadfast leader for gun safety in Congress and his clear voice for life saving action will be sorely missed,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “Following the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Rep. Deutch showed immense compassion and leadership which has made an immeasurable impact on the gun violence prevention movement. We wish him continued success going forward.”
Rep. Deutch, whose district includes Parkland, has long been a vocal proponent of life-saving gun safety laws. In his tenure in Congress, he has been at the vanguard on some of the most important gun safety fights by introducing, among other bills:
- Keep Americans Safe Act, renewing a concerted effort to ban the importation, sale, manufacturing, transfer, or possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition;
- Protecting Our Communities Act, a package of bills to regulate ghost guns, bump stocks, and armor-piercing ammunition, and help alert local law enforcement when someone lies on a background check;
- 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the three dimensional (3D) printing of firearms.