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House Passes Historic Firearm Research Funding Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, June 19 with a vote of 226–203. Included in this funding package is the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-supported language providing $50 million for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research.

House passage is a significant step forward for trauma surgeons and patients who have tirelessly advocated for federally funded research. This type of research, from a public health perspective, has contributed to reductions in motor vehicle crashes, smoking, and sudden infant death syndrome. The ACS strongly supports applying this same approach to firearm-related injuries and gun safety. This legislative victory follows ACS grassroots efforts during the 2018 and 2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, as well as testimony given by Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Trauma Programs, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services in March.

Learn more about ACS efforts on firearm injury prevention or contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org for more information.