July 5, 2016


Yasmine Evans, 202-225-8699

Edwards Statement on Domestic Violence and the Need for Universal Background Checks

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives on how expanding and strengthening background checks for gun purchases would help reduce fatalities from domestic violence.

Below are excerpts from Rep. Edwards’ statement as prepared for delivery:

“We worked with several organizations to ensure the enactment of the domestic violence offender gun ban that became law in 1996. As a country, we have made progress in preventing such violence, but with several mack truck sized loopholes, there remains quite a lot more we can do to protect individuals at risk.”

“Tragically, our lax gun laws make it easier for abusers to acquire a firearm than it is to purchase a box of Sudafed. Working together, we can and must change that fact and help reduce the nine American women shot and killed by their husbands and intimate partners every single week.”

To read Rep. Edwards’ floor statement, please click here.

To watch Rep. Edwards’ entire statement, please click here.