WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday released the following statement after his meeting with Governor of California Gavin Newsom:

“Tackling the gun violence epidemic requires a whole-of-government effort, and I was glad to hear about Governor Newsom’s latest actions to crack down on ghost guns, ban the marketing of guns to kids, and allow families and victims of gun violence to sue gun manufacturers. California has also made major investments in community violence intervention programs and a new outreach and education campaign on the state’s red flag laws, and funding in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will help other states do the same. Gavin has been a real champion for the movement, and I look forward to continue working together to save lives,” said Murphy

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was signed into law by President Biden on June 25th after passing the U.S. Senate by a vote of 65-33 and the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234 to 193. Last year, Murphy reintroduced the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act to ensure that the gun industry – including manufacturers, sellers and interest groups – can be held accountable when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety.

A one-pager on the bill is available here.