WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2377, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2022, by a vote of 224 to 202. This legislation would prohibit individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others from possessing a gun by implementing a nationwide “red flag” law.

“Too often, in the aftermath of another horrific mass shooting we find out that there were warning signs that, if taken seriously, could have prevented the tragedy from taking place. Today, the House passed a crucial piece of legislation that would establish a federal extreme risk protection order to keep guns out of the hands of those who possess a threat to themselves or others. Along with the Protecting Our Children Act, which passed in the House yesterday, this legislation represents a monumental step forward in our efforts to put an end to gun violence across America,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “The devastating shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, and the dozens of shootings since, underscore the need for government intervention. The vast majority of Americans want gun safety laws that will protect our children, families, and communities from the terror of mass shootings. The House has acted, and now it is the Senate’s turn to do the same. In the coming days, I hope that the Senate will bring these life-saving bills across the finish line and deliver commonsense solutions to the national crisis of gun violence.”

A fact sheet of the bill can be found here.
The full text of the bill can be found here.

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