COLUMBUS – State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) attended the signing of the Bi-Partisan Safer Communities Act, at the White House. This Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden, is one of the most significant steps taken by Congress to make our communities safer and reduce gun violence in thirty years.
“The safety and security of our community remains a top priority, and efforts to reduce gun violence will only enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods here in House District 34 and communities around the country. I was honored to witness such an important moment that will save lives in our district.” said Rep. Sykes, “The Bi-Partisan Safer Communities Act, shows that when members of both sides of the aisle are willing to come together, we can save lives, and make meaningful change. I encourage my colleagues in the Ohio House to take the example and move forward with gun safety legislation here in Ohio that protects the right to bear arms while ensuring people feel safe no matter where they live.”
Highlights of the Bi-Partisan Safer Communities Act are as follows:
$250 million to address community violence intervention and prevention systems
$100 million to help the National Criminal Instant Background Check System
$150 million to support implementation of the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Addresses the “boyfriend loophole” by prohibiting individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from purchasing a firearm for at least 5 years
Makes gun-trafficking and straw purchasing federal crimes
Requires people under the age of 21 to undergo enhanced background checks
Provides funding to address crisis intervention incurring red flag laws and youth mental health.
For additional information about what this bill will do, please refer to the Statement of Administrative Policy from the White House, HERE