Following Fourth of July Shooting in Highland Park, Chairwoman Maloney Invites Gun CEOs to Testify at Hearing
Washington, D.C. (July 7, 2022)—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent letters to the CEOs of gun manufacturers Daniel Defense, LLC, Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., and Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., requesting their appearance at a Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, on the urgent issue of gun violence. The hearing follows the Committee’s June 8, 2022, hearing where witnesses shared their personal experiences with gun violence, including the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.
“I am deeply troubled that gun manufacturers continue to profit from the sale of weapons of war, including AR-15-style assault rifles that were used by a white supremacist to murder ten people in Buffalo, New York, and in the massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas,” wrote Chairwoman Maloney. “Just this Monday, as Americans celebrated our nation’s Independence Day, a shooter used an AR-15-style rifle to kill at least seven people and wound dozens of others during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Products sold by your company have been used for decades to carry out homicides and even mass murders, yet your company has continued to market assault weapons to civilians.”
On May 26, 2022, the Committee launched an investigation into gun manufacturers responsible for selling assault weapons to civilians across the United States. The Committee sent letters to Daniel Defense, LLC, Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., and other manufacturers seeking information on their sale and marketing of AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles and similar firearms, including revenue and profit information, internal data on deaths or injuries caused by firearms they manufacture, and marketing and promotional materials.
The Committee is continuing to gather financial and marketing information from these companies regarding their sale of weapons of war in the United States—including the assault weapons used in the recent mass murders in Highland Park and Uvalde.
The Committee requested that the CEOs confirm their participation in the hearing by July 8, 2022.
Click here to read the letter to Daniel Defense.
Click here to read the letter to Smith & Wesson Brands.
Click here to read the letter to Sturm, Ruger & Company.