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Ruppersberger Joins America’s Mayors and Law Enforcement Officials Calls on Congress To Repeal the Tiahrt Amendment

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) joined America’s mayors and law enforcement officials at a press conference on Capitol Hill today and called on Congress to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment.  The measure restricts law enforcement access to gun trace data.  A motion to repeal the restrictive language is expected to be brought up in the House Appropriations Committee later this week.

“The Tiahrt Amendment handcuffs our cops, not our criminals.  I support our Constitution and our second amendment right to bear arms.  This is not about gun control.  It is about giving our law enforcement officials the tools they need to keep our families and our communities safe.  As a former investigative prosecutor, I know repealing this amendment will help them do that,” said Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

Congressman Ruppersberger was an investigative prosecutor in Baltimore County, Maryland in the 1970s.  He was a Baltimore County Councilman for nine years before serving as the Baltimore County Executive from 1994 to 2002.  Mr. Ruppersberger is serving his third term in Congress where he serves on the Intelligence Committee and the Appropriations Committee.  

At the press conference, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined Baltimore Mayor Shelia Dixon, Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).