Washington D.C.— Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has cosponsored the Disarm Hate Act, legislation designed to keep firearms out of the hands of people who have been convicted of hate crimes.
While convicted felons are prohibited from owning firearms under federal law, those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes are still permitted to purchase guns. Only six states currently have laws on the books to prevent these individuals from purchasing firearms.
“As is often the case with gun reform, this is yet another common sense measure that has been stymied by a reckless gun lobby disinterested in the health and safety of everyday Americans,” Congressman Engel said. “Those convicted of hate crimes have already demonstrated a willingness to act on the anger and intolerance held in their hearts. Why should we make it easier for them to do so? Just like people on the terrorist watch list, what possible reason could there be for a person convicted of a hate crime to be able to purchase a firearm? This is a no-brainer and I hope my GOP colleagues will realize that.”
Please note this statement was originally published on June 12, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.