The resolution also proposes to honor the victims of gun violence.
With Congress returning from recess this week, a bipartisan group in the U.S. House is seeking change to gun laws.
On Tuesday, Washington D.C.’s non-voting Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D, submitted a resolution calling on Congress to address the backlog of pending gun control legislation in committee while seeking to recognize victims of crime.
“Congress needs to pass strong national gun laws to reduce gun violence before it escalates, as gun violence did in the 1980s and 1990s,” said Holmes Norton in a statement, seeking action on stalled proposals to resurrect a federal assault weapon ban and requiring background checks for all gun transfers.
She held up the District’s strict gun laws, the target of a litany of federal lawsuits, as a model for the rest of the country, while calling for them on a national level.
“The District of Columbia has enacted strong, sensible gun violence prevention laws, but their effectiveness is being undermined by weak federal gun laws and permissive laws in surrounding states,” said Holmes Norton.