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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Costello Comments on Gun Violence and Importance of Moving Related Legislation

February 20, 2018
Press Release


West Chester, PA – Rep. Ryan Costello issued the following statement on gun violence and the importance of moving related legislation in Congress:

“In the last year, too many times we have seen horrific and senseless tragedies committed by individuals who turned firearms on their innocent neighbors. As a parent, I am deeply disturbed by the pervasiveness of such violence in our schools and public places. Tragically, these incidents are becoming all too common, and I share every parents’ concern about doing everything we can to prevent these senseless acts of violence. 

“Past can no longer be prologue. Out of respect for those mourning the murder of a loved one, I of course offer my thoughts and prayers for healing and comfort, and to express a shared and collective sense of anguish, horror, sadness, and heartbreak. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. 

“The time for talk has long passed. Since coming to Congress, I have supported a number of commonsense and constitutional measures to reduce gun violence in society. From banning bump stocks to increasing and enhancing background checks to voting against concealed carry reciprocity measures. And I will continue to do so.

“Unfortunately, there is no simple solution to this problem. This will take a comprehensive commitment at all levels of government and civil society, and we must work together to foster a healthy, productive, and open dialogue on how we can prevent incidents of violence before they occur. I continue to listen to the perspectives and thoughts of my constituents on this issue. The overwhelming takeaway from these conversations is that we are united in a common goal: building safer, stronger communities that will allow us, our families, and our neighbors to live, work, and succeed without fear.”

Background: Legislation & Other Efforts Supported by Rep. Costello

  • Rep. Costello introduced H.R. 4183, the Domestic Violence Records Reporting Improvement Act of 2017: Bipartisan legislation to increase efforts to protect victims of domestic abuse and their families. Abused women are five times more likely to be killed if an abuser has access to a firearm, and according to a government study published in 2016, approximately 6,700 firearms were transferred to prohibited domestic abusers since 2006 because of incomplete records reporting. Timely reporting of domestic violence information to appropriate government agencies and databases can help to mitigate these tragedies. Legislation introduced by Reps. Costello and Rice would incentivize states to report these domestic violence records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and make grants more available to states to help them carry out this essential reporting. Click here for this press release.


  • Rep. Costello helped introduce the Fix NICS Act of 2017: The investigation into the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, revealed enormous gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Because of these gaps in federal and state records, the Fix NICS Act would ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to NICS. It also includes consequences for federal agencies that fail to properly report relevant records and makes sure states improve their overall reporting. Click here for this press release.


  • Rep. Costello is a cosponsor of H.R. 4471, the NICS Denial Notification Act: An effort to strengthen partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement to improve communication when a prohibited individual makes an attempt to acquire a firearm.


  • Rep. Costello called for the bump stocks loophole to be closed: “The tragedy in Las Vegas has raised my awareness on what is referred to as a “bump stock.” Purchasing bump stocks off the shelf, enabling a semiautomatic firearm to replicate an automatic one, is a loophole that needs to be closed.” Click here for this press release.


  • Rep. Costello helped introduce H.R. 3999: Legislation to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun (“bump stocks”).