WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Wednesday released the following statement after reports that the White House is establishing an Office of Gun Violence Prevention:

“This is an idea I have been pushing relentlessly for some time, and I'm thrilled President Biden is making the Office of Gun Violence Prevention a reality. There are few people who care more about the work of gun violence prevention than President Biden. Establishing a White House office dedicated to this fight will save thousands of lives and strengthen the federal government’s implementation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” said Murphy. “Congressman Frost and I introduced legislation earlier this year to establish this office, and though we will continue to push to codify the need for this office, the President's decision to set it up without legislation is a great step forward.”

Earlier this year, Murphy and U.S. Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-Fla.-10) introduced legislation to establish an Office of Gun Violence Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).