Congressman Rooney Details Plan to Protect Our Nation’s Schools

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Congressman Rooney Details Plan to Protect Our Nation’s Schools, March 5, 2018 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Congressman Rooney Details Plan to Protect Our Nation’s Schools


Washington, DC – Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement detailing a plan to protect our nation’s schools.

Congressman Rooney stated, “We need a multi-faceted solution to mass shootings and gun violence which includes all relevant layers of government and local communities, and includes putting safeguards in place to minimize the chances of these events occurring at all, and to stop an incident which is in progress to minimize the damage.”

Congressman Rooney continued, “We can take actions to make it harder for an unstable or dangerous person to get a weapon and invade a school, theater or restaurant, but need to confront the negative societal trends in contemporary American life. Violence in entertainment and the media, and the breakdown of family and community, have consequences for contemporary America and are related to the rise in gun violence we see today.

Congressman Rooney’s 7-point plan:

  • Sign into law the Fix NICS Act, which penalizes federal and state authorities that fail to report relevant information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  The sex offender database offers an analogy here, where states are required to share information for proper background checks and demonstrable results have been achieved.
  • Institute a Violent Threat Restraining Order (VTRO) process that balances the need to interdict dangerous people while preserving due process.
  • Harden schools - by limiting access to entry, hiring retired law enforcement and military as armed guards.
  • End private sale and “Charleston” exceptions for background checks – no gun sale should occur without a complete and thorough check.
  • Ensure a three-day waiting period for all gun sales.
  • End the sale of bump stocks.
  • Make the age for purchasing a firearm a uniform 21 years old, as is currently the law for pistol purchases.





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