Gun Safety

Gun violence continues to plague communities across the country. Too many Americans are gunned down in cities and towns every day and mass shootings like those at Sandy Hook, Pulse Nightclub, Charleston, Las Vegas, and Sutherland Springs are all too common. These horrifying incidents serve as reminders that Congress needs to fight for common sense policies to make Americans safer.

Congresswoman Maloney has long supported sensible gun safety reforms, starting with support of The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, named for President Reagan’s press secretary, Jim Brady, who suffered grievous injuries in the assassination attempt on the President. That law provides for background checks for most handgun purchases, and has stopped thousands of dangerous individuals from buying firearms.

Since that historic act, Congresswoman Maloney has pushed several key bills to crack down on gun violence by making gun trafficking illegal, allowing federal public health agencies to conduct research into gun safety, closing the gun show loophole, and supporting innovative “smart gun” technology. She has also cosponsored legislation to require universal background checks, limit the number of rounds within magazine clips, and renew the expired assault weapons ban.


Bills Introduced by Rep. Maloney to Improve Gun Safety and Reduce Gun Violence:


For years, federal law enforcement has asked Congress for better tools to go after gun traffickers and people who buy guns for those who are prohibited from buying guns on their own, also known as “straw purchasers”. Under this bill, gun trafficking will now be a federal felony offense and straw purchasers would face much stiffer penalties.



Currently, people who buy guns at gun shows are not subject to background checks. This bill would close this loophole and subject all gun purchasers to the background check requirements already in place at gun stores.



We need to incentivize responsible gun ownership. This bill would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance, which will help to ensure they use and store their guns responsibly.



Currently, federal public health researchers are prohibited from studying gun violence. Gun violence is a national epidemic and we need to study its root causes so we can come up with realistic, workable solutions. This bill will allow our federal researchers to do just that.



This commonsense bill will make it less likely that guns get into the wrong hands. It would require that the FBI keep all National Instant Background Check System (NICS) records for 90 days after giving gun purchasing approval so that the FBI and ATF have the time they need to review background check records. This simple change would make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to skirt the law and the safeguards we’ve put in place. 



This bill would promote the development of new “smart gun” technology that only allows an authorized user to fire a gun. It would also mandate that all newly manufactured handguns use this technology within five years, and that existing handguns be retrofitted with this technology within ten years.



This bill makes it more difficult for those with severe mental illness to purchase a firearm by requiring the Social Security Administration to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System disability recipients unable to manage their benefits due to a mental health condition.  This was originally a rule proposed by President Obama but was repealed by President Trump and Republicans last year.


Select Additional Policies Supported by Rep. Maloney: 


Rep. Maloney is a co-sponsor of a bill that would prohibit the sale of bump stocks, which allow non-automatic weapons to fire like one.



Nearly 90% of Americans support universal background checks, and so does Rep. Maloney. She believes that background checks should be conducted on all gun sales.



Sixty-five percent of Americans support banning high-capacity magazines because no gun owner needs that much ammunition at one time. Rep. Maloney supports banning these massacre magazines.



Rep. Maloney believes that if an individual is on the “No Fly List,” they should also be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. That’s why she supports the “No Fly, No Buy” bill.



Rep. Maloney voted for the Assault Weapons Ban in 1994 and has supported its reauthorization since it expired in 2004.



Rep. Maloney is cosponsoring legislation to create a select committee to study and make recommendations to address the causes of mass shootings, methods to improve the Federal firearms purchaser background check system, connections between access to firearms and dangerously mentally ill individuals, federal penalties for trafficking and straw purchasing of firearms, and more.



More on Gun Safety

Aug 12, 2021 In The News

As President Biden’s choice for the top firearms enforcement position struggles with Senate confirmation, and the administration seeks approval of programs to combat America’s shooting splurge, a recent report demonstrates the high cost of gun violence.

A breakthrough federal study pegs the cost of firearm injuries at more than $1 billion annually, with public funding, particularly Medicaid, paying more than 60 percent of that.

Aug 12, 2021 In The News

As President Biden’s choice for the top firearms enforcement position struggles with Senate confirmation, and the administration seeks approval of programs to combat America’s shooting splurge, a recent report demonstrates the high cost of gun violence.

Jul 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), sponsors of the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act, today applauded the inclusion of $50 million for gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations legislation, which passed the House today as part of H.R. 4502, FY 2022 Appropriations Minibus.


Jul 14, 2021 In The News

In a groundbreaking report released on Wednesday, a federal watchdog estimated that the cost of medical treatment for survivors of gun injuries in the United States amounts to at least $1 billion each year, but is likely much higher.

The new assessment from the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s nonpartisan investigative arm, used recent hospital data to determine that injuries sustained from firearms led to about 50,000 emergency department visits and 30,000 instances of inpatient treatment annually.

Jul 14, 2021 In The News

Treating firearm-related injuries in the U.S. costs more than $1 billion annually, with public health programs like Medicaid picking up most of the tab, according to new Government Accountability Office estimates shared with POLITICO.

The assessment was requested by House and Senate Democrats last year and comes as the Biden administration is encouraging cities to spend unused Covid relief funds to address gun violence.

Jul 14, 2021 In The News

The cost of initial treatment for gun-related injuries in hospitals exceeds $1 billion per year, with public health coverage accounting for the majority of the bill, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

The GAO’s report released Wednesday found hospitals documented about 30,000 in-patient stays and about 50,000 emergency department visits for initial treatment for gun-related injuries per year, according to most recent hospital data from 2016 and 2017. 

Jun 29, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined with Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Bradley Schneider (D-IL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Val B. Demings (D-FL) and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to reintroduce the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act, legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the three dimensional (3D) printing of firearms. 


Apr 8, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of H.R. 1007, the Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act, today praised President Biden and Vice President Harris’s announcement of actions their Administration is taking to combat the gun violence epidemic.


Mar 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B.

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today voted to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. Earlier this year, the Congresswoman introduced a package of five bills to combat gun violence, including efforts to improve the background checks system.