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Supporting Universal Background Check Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement announcing her support for HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would expand the current federal background check system to cover nearly all firearm sales. The House is set to vote on the legislation this week in addition to HR 1112, a bill to close the so-called “Charleston…

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Says Nation's Gun Violence Epidemic Must Be Addressed by the 116th Congress

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) spoke on the House floor today to support H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and mark the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords 8 years ago this week. The tragic shooting severely injured Giffords and 18 of her constituents, while claiming the lives of six people. Pingree has long advocated for legislation to…

VIDEO: On National Walkout Day, Pingree Encourages GOP Leadership to Enact Commonsense Gun Reforms

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Today, as thousands of students across the country walked out of school to demand action on gun violence, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined other members of Congress for a National Walkout Day demonstration in front of the U.S. Capitol. At the Capitol demonstration, Pingree released a video message to students in Maine who had planned 40 walkouts—many of which were…

In Speech on House Floor, Pingree Echoes Calls from Maine Students, Urges Passage of Assault Weapons Ban

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Last night, in a speech to the U.S. House, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) responded to calls from her constituents, including Maine students, who’ve said loud and clear that they want Congress to reduce gun violence in America and reinstate the national assault weapons ban which lapsed in 2004.   Text of her speech is as follows:   M.…

Pingree Says "Enough is Enough" After Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas that has claimed 58 lives and injured more than 500. Today, America woke to the deadliest mass shooting in modern history. The fear, sadness, and heartbreak felt in Las Vegas reverberates in our communities and leaves us wondering how we could allow this to happen once again. The 58 dead and…

Sometimes by sitting down, youre really standing up

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Each time there’s a mass shooting, citizens across the country have a conversation on how to keep the next one from happening and how to keep guns out of the hands of people who want to commit violence.  The nation holds this conversation at the dinner table, on the Internet, and in many other places. But it doesn’t happen in one place where it absolutely…

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