Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and former Rep. Jim Jordan, R -Ohio, have announced that they will both join the White House task force to combat gun violence.
Ayotte will lead the task force with Jordan, a former federal prosecutor and prosecutor in the Justice Department’s criminal division.
The two former lawmakers, both Republicans, will head up a bipartisan panel of experts on violence prevention and the role of guns in the fight against it.
The panel is expected to be tasked with creating policies and strategies that will be used to counter violent extremism and violence in the wake of the deadly massacre at a Florida community college last week by a shooter who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and pledged allegiance during a rampage in which he shot and killed 10 people.
In addition to the taskforce, the group is expected in early September to launch a joint initiative with the Obama administration to push for more gun control laws, including expanding background checks, limiting magazine sizes and limiting the sale of guns to individuals on the terror watch list.
The group also plans to develop a proposal to expand background checks for all gun purchases, a measure opposed by some lawmakers but supported by many of the same groups that are spearheading the White Houses efforts.