Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced that she is cosponsoring two bills -- H.R. 4909, STOP School Violence Act of 2018 and H.R. 4811, Securing Our Schools Act of 2018 – to better protect our students in schools. Congresswoman Stefanik is also a cosponsor of the Fix NICS Act of 2017 that would improve our federal background check system, and legislation to ban “bump stocks”.

“I am a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress on bipartisan solutions to help end tragic incidents like in Parkland, Florida,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I have previously cosponsored legislation to ban bump stocks, voted to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and helped pass legislation that was signed into law to reform our federal mental health system. These two pieces of legislation that I am supporting today are commonsense reforms to prevent gun violence in schools and better protect our children.”

H.R. 4909, STOP School Violence Act of 2018, is legislation that would invest in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens by authorizing the Department of Justice to make grants to states for purposes of training students, school personnel, and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from harming themselves or others; and H.R. 4811, Securing Our Schools Act of 2018 – is legislation that would allow the Attorney General to make grants to local education agencies to acquire and install devices that allow for immediate notification of emergency response personnel, law enforcement, or other appropriate officials in the case of an emergency. Emergencies would include those related to health, firearms, terrorism, natural disaster, or similar emergencies.

Additionally, on Friday Congresswoman Stefanik joined a bipartisan effort to ask Speaker Ryan to bring up standalone legislation that she is cosponsoring to improve our background check system. Click here for that letter.