Congressional leaders today unveiled a must-pass federal spending bill that paves the way for critical research into the causes of and solutions to gun violence, an issue that U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy has championed since coming to Congress. Language in the bill that Murphy helped secure effectively repeals the so-called Dickey Amendment, a two-decades-old provision that has had a chilling effect on federally-sponsored gun violence research. This new bill that funds all federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2018, known as the omnibus appropriations bill, is expected to be approved by Congress by the end of this week.
Murphy is the author of a bipartisan bill, the Gun Violence Research Act, to repeal this provision restricting federally-sponsored gun violence research that has 173 cosponsors and broad support from gun safety and public health organizations. She also pushed for gun violence research in a recent bipartisan White House summit to discuss gun violence with the President of the United States.
“From Pulse to Parkland, our state has been deeply affected by gun violence, and it is past time we have an honest, fact-driven debate about keeping our communities safe,” said Murphy. “For 22 years, the Dickey Amendment has effectively frozen federal research into gun violence and prevented our nation from getting the information we need to address this public health crisis. I’ve been leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to repeal this harmful provision, and I’m incredibly pleased we secured language that effectively repeals it. This is a huge victory for our country, our communities, and our children, and our efforts to stop gun violence must and will continue.”
Nearly a dozen national gun safety organizations have endorsed Murphy’s bill, including Sandy Hook Promise, Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, National PTA, and Giffords, the organization created by former U.S. Representative and gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords.