Top Republican Renews Call to Expand Secret Service Role to Stop Gun Violence

Top Republican Renews Call to Expand Secret Service Role to Stop Gun Violence

New ROLE For Secret Service Agents – But Only If This Gun Law Passes

( – A bipartisan group of Senators is discussing new measures to curb the recent tide of mass shootings. In the meantime, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is suggesting the chamber reconsider a commonsense piece of legislation he reintroduced in 2021 to expand the Secret Service’s role in stopping gun violence.

On May 22, Sen. Grassley asked his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider passing the EAGLES Act, a measure (S. 2759) he first introduced in 2018 shortly after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 people dead.

Grassley renewed that call on June 4, while speaking to reporters about potential Senate action on gun violence in the wake of a recent church shooting in Ames, Iowa, that left three dead, including the alleged shooter.

Grassley named the bill for the school’s mascot. The measure would have extended the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) to equip schools with the best practices for assessing and identifying potential attackers. He reintroduced the measure in 2019 (S. 495) and again in 2021 (S. 391).

The measure received widespread bipartisan support each time. The 2021 version of the legislation included four sponsors each from the Republican and Democratic parties and one independent.

The backbone of the EAGLES Act involves using a three-pronged threat assessment system for “responding to indicators of targeted violence,” including

  1. Identifying people whose behavior indicated they could be planning an attack on a school.
  2. Assessing the factual basis for considering an individual as a possible threat to a school.
  3. Managing any threats a person may present to a school.

The measure does not propose placing any new restrictions on purchasing or possessing firearms.

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