07.12.16

House Passes Leahy-Backed Bill To Support Active Shooter Training For Officers, Which Now Goes To White House For Signature

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On House Passage Of The POLICE Act

July 12, 2016

[On Tuesday, the House passed the POLICE Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to allow law enforcement officers in Vermont and throughout the country to use federal Justice Department grant funds to train and better prepare for active shooter situations. The bill unanimously passed the Senate in May, and now goes to the White House for signature.]

“The Nation mourns with the city of Dallas and the families of the fallen officers killed in the line of duty last week. Congress must work together to address the frustration and grief felt by the American people who are devastated by the loss of life in Dallas and far too many other communities. Today’s passage in the House of the bipartisan POLICE Act is a step in that direction, and this legislation now heads to the President’s desk for his signature. This bill will not relieve our heartache for Dallas and the families of the fallen officers, but it will help ensure that officers and first responders currently on the beat have the training necessary to respond in active shooter situations.

“As Chief Brown said yesterday, the burden of protecting the public from active shooters should not fall solely on the shoulders of our law enforcement officers. Congress must do more to prevent active shooter situations. That means preventing criminals and those who seek to cause harm from acquiring firearms in the first place. I hope we can build on today’s work by passing the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act, a bill that is strongly supported by law enforcement and will make our communities safer. When lives are on the line, we have a responsibility to act.”

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