After the horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of innocents, Senator Chuck Grassley has redoubled his efforts to pass his EAGLES Act, a bill named after the school mascot in Parkland, Florida.
The bill would enable Secret Service to share its expertise with local officials to thwart and prevent acts of criminal violence from occurring in schools, town squares, and places of worship.
Additionally, the proposed legislation would “beef up” the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), which focuses on assessing indicators for targeted violence and focuses on violent crime prevention.
“The recent murders of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, underscore the need to pass the EAGLES Act, my bicameral, bipartisan bill I reintroduced this Congress-I wrote this bill after meeting with the families who lost loved ones during the Parkland shooting and conducting oversight into the failure by the FBI and local law enforcement to act on credible warnings about the shooter,” said Grassley.
As chairman of the judiciary committee, Grassly Co-sponsored and led the effort to pass the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act (STOP).
The bill helped boost federal Grants to local schools for evidence-based programs to prevent school violence and fortify school buildings and classrooms to make it more difficult for “criminal predators” and dangerous individuals to enter and do harm.
Additionally, the bill holds federal agencies accountable if they fall out of compliance with legal requirements and fail to report dangerous individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Grassley had also reintroduced The Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act to help increase resources for school safety, ensure criminals who illegally buy a firearm are prosecuted, and that federal agency accurately submits records to NICS.