Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were joined by a coalition of active and retired law enforcement officers police chiefs, sheriffs and federal agents, calling themselves the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense, in Washington, D.C., to lobby against proposed bills that would legalize suppressors and nationalize concealed carry during National Police Week.
The bills — HR 38 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and HR 367 Hearing Protection Act of 2017—are widely supported by gun owners nationwide, the Trump Administration and, supposedly, by a majority of Congressional lawmakers but remain stalled in committee.
In a memo to the White House, Giffords’ gun control group, Americans For Responsible Solutions, and the law enforcement coalition renewed calls to close “loopholes” in the federal background check system.
Congress “needs to reject irresponsible calls to mandate the unrestricted concealed carry of firearms and allow free access to dangerous suppressors, which present a new menacing threat to our communities and law enforcement professionals,” the memo said. “It is clear that guns in dangerous hands make law enforcement officers more vulnerable.”
The memo noted 21 of 64 officers killed nationwide in 2016 gunfire were victims of “ambush style” attacks, a statistic that President Donald Trump also cited in speech delivered May 15 in an address at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
The memo claimed the proposed “Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” would undermine or make ineffective state laws with different or stricter guidelines for permits, leading to more “ambush-style” attacks on law enforcement.
The groups also requested in the memo that Trump withdraw his support for the “Hearing Protection Act,” which would roll back federal regulation of suppressors, which have been regulated since 1934 under the National Firearms Act.