Please join the Center for American Progress for a reception to honor gun violence prevention champion, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Vice-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, as we reflect on the approaching two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy and recognize the remarkable work that has been done to support strong gun laws.
During her 18 year career in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has been one of the most outspoken and effective members of Congress on the issue of gun violence prevention. Following her own personal tragedy stemming from the Long Island Railroad Massacre in 1993, and her subsequent election to Congress in 1996, Rep. McCarthy has worked tirelessly to secure common-sense gun violence prevention policies that have made our communities safer. Among other accomplishments, following the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech, Rep. McCarthy authored and had signed into law, the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. This landmark legislation strengthened the background checks system by dramatically increasing the number of mental-health records in the NICS system. Early this year, Rep. McCarthy announced that she would be retiring at the end of the 113th Congress.
Please join us to celebrate the remarkable progress Rep. McCarthy has driven in national gun laws and all the recent progress on stronger gun laws in the states.