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United States : Senator Coons discusses gun violence with Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS teacher and parent, FBI, ATF officials.

Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned witnesses in the See Something, Say Something: Oversight of the Parkland Shooting and Legislative Proposals to Improve School Safety in todays hearing.

In the first panel, Sen. Coons questioned Acting Deputy Director, FBI, Dave Bowdich, Acting Director, ATF, Thomas Brandon, and Chief, National Threat Assessment Center, US Secret Service, Lina Alathari, . For video of the questions of this panel, click HERE.

In the second panel, Sen. Coons spoke with witnesses Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, one of the 17 victims in the Stoneman Douglas shooting, as well as Katherine Posada, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas language arts teacher. For video of the questions, click HERE.

Senator Coons concluded the first session by discussing the joint Toomy-Coons NICS Denial Notification Act that would require federal authorities to alert state law enforcement within 24 hours when individuals lie and try to purchase firearms.

The voices of students from across my state, from Parkland (Florida), and from all over our country are asking us to find responsible ways to work together, Said Sen. Coons. Virtually every one of my colleagues who I've been with us today have introduced bills that would tackle this problem (gun violence) from a wide range of areas. This strikes me as one of a dozen, whether it's banning bump stocks, whether it's limiting magazines, or whether it's making sure that the NICS system and background checks are made universal and effective, we should be doing this in the interests of our communities our families and our children.

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Date:Mar 15, 2018
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