Rep. Dave Trott Urges Congress to Find Common Ground on Preventing Violence
February 20, 2018
Lawmaker Presses Both Parties to Unite on Legislative Solutions, Such As His Plan to Regulate Bump Stocks
WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11), a member of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, today called on Members of Congress to work together on preventing violence in the nation and find bipartisan agreement on legislative fixes aimed at preventing more deadly mass shootings.
"In the wake of last week's tragic shooting in Florida, I believe Members of Congress must work together and find common ground in addressing the many senseless acts of violence that we see in our nation. Last fall, I joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in authoring legislation that addresses 'bump stocks' and gives the ATF the regulatory flexibility it needs to hold these devices to the highest level of scrutiny. This bill will not prevent all violence, but it is a great example of how Democrats and Republicans can come together on this critical issue. I am hopeful that this legislation will gain traction in Congress and be brought to the House floor for a vote," said Rep. Dave Trott.
In October 2017, Rep. Dave Trott, along with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05), and Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01) introduced legislation that would allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to immediately regulate bump stocks and functionally equivalent devices that substantially increase the rate of fire of a firearm in the same way it regulates machine guns and suppressors. The registration process for anyone in possession of or purchasing bump stock devices would include a rigorous background check, finger printing and a $200 registration fee.
Under the National Firearms Act, it is illegal for Americans to own fully automatic firearms and machine guns manufactured after May 19, 1986. Due to a loophole in the law, however, bump stocks-devices attached to semi-automatic rifles that increase their rate of fire to that similar to machine guns-are currently legal and unregulated. ATF has said it does not currently have the legal authority to address bump stocks or similar devices and has urged Congress to act to remedy this problem.
Congressman Dave Trott is a member of the House Problem Solvers Caucus-a bipartisan group of dozens of lawmakers from both parties who are committed to working together and compromising on critical issues facing the nation.