Gun Violence Prevention
Over the last decade, more than 1.2 million Americans have been shot and millions have been victims, or witnesses, of other crimes involving a gun. Mass shootings have become far too common with tragedies occurring everywhere from schools and places of worship to concerts. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an average of 310 people are injured and 100 people die due to gun violence every day in America. I am deeply concerned with the continued gun violence in our country and I support enacting and enforcing measures to protect innocent people from the terror of gun violence.
During this Congress alone, there have been numerous mass shootings that have shattered families and communities across the country. After each one, Congress holds a moment of silence but without action and meaningful policy change, our moments of silence will just continue to signify inaction. During his time in office President Obama enacted a number of executive actions to combat gun violence in our country and make our communities safer. However, it is ultimately up to Congress to pass long-term reforms and we have failed. When Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, we began voting on legislation to address the gun violence epidemic, and numerous bills passed our chamber with bipartisan support including H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. None of the bills passed by the House have been considered by the Senate and Speaker McConnell has yet to even schedule a vote on any of the common sense, broadly supported bills that have been introduced or sent to the Senate.
As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I am a cosponsor of common sense legislation and I will continue to push my colleagues in the Senate to consider legislation that the House has already passed. Among the legislation I have cosponsored is H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). This legislation would reinstate the ban on the sale, transfer, manufacturing, and importation of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than ten rounds, while protecting assault weapons used by members of the military and law enforcement. I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 435, the Gun Violence Research Act, introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), which would authorize research programs to examine policies that reduce gun violence. It is my hope that my colleagues will come together to pass meaningful gun safety reforms because protecting people from gun violence should not be a partisan issue.
To stay updated on recent legislation that I have cosponsored, please continue to check this page.
- H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
- H.R. 1186, the Keep Americans Safe Act
- H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
- H.R. 2708, the Disarm Hate Act
- H.R. 3552, the Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act
- H.R. 3553, the Untraceable Firearms Act of 2019
- H.R. 3554, the End Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act of 2019
- H.R. 3606, the High Speed Gunfire Prevention Act
- H.R. 3076, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019
- H.R. 687, the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2019
- H.R. 686, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2019
- H.R. 1279, the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2019
- H.R. 435, the National Gun Violence Research Act
- H.R. 2585, the Resources for Victims of Gun Violence Act of 2019
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