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:

GUN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ACT

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.

 

GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE CLOSING ACT

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.

 

FIREARM RISK PROTECTION ACT

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.

 

GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH

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.

 

THE NICS REVIEW ACT

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. 

 

HANDGUN TRIGGER SAFETY ACT

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.

 

STRENGTHENING THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM ACT

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: 

BANNING BUMP STOCKS

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.

 

UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

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.

 

BANNING HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES

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.

 

NO FLY NO BUY

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.

 

ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

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

 

SELECT COMMITTEE ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

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

Nov 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of seven different gun safety bills and member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that a case against the manufacturer of the gun used in the Sandy Hook shooting could move forward.
Oct 25, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, This morning, we said our final goodbyes to the late, great Elijah Cummings. He is the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol – a fitting honor for one of the most honorable men I have ever known. I am proud to have known him, to have worked with him, and to have learned from him. We will carry on his legacy of fighting for justice, equality, and our democracy. Earlier this week, the work of Congress continued. On Monday, I unveiled a new report on the links between gun ownership and suicide and on Tuesday and Wednesday the House voted to pass two of my bills – the first on ending anonymous shell companies and the second to reauthorize the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant program. More on all this below.
Oct 21, 2019 In The News

Access to firearms triples the risk of death by suicide, which is having a punishing effect on the U.S. economy, a startling new report from the United States Joint Economic Committee showed.

Sep 20, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

It was another busy week in Washington, DC and I wanted to share some highlights with you.

This week, as Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, I released a report detailing the economic costs of gun violence and held a hearing with expert witnesses who spoke on what we need to do to end this epidemic.

Sep 18, 2019 In The News

state-by-state analysis released on Wednesday by House Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday added some disturbing perspective to America’s gun violence epidemic, both in how the problem is unique to the United States and in the toll toll it’s taking on the economy.

Sep 18, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Gun violence in America not only costs the incalculable price of human lives, it also costs dollars and cents — $229 billion every year, according to a report released Wednesday by Congress’s Joint Economic Committee.

The report, assembled by committee Vice Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) and released at a Capitol Hill news conference, highlights not only an estimated cost in every state, but also the fact those costs, in both dollars and lives, are lower in states with tougher gun laws like New York.

Sep 18, 2019 In The News

Gun violence hits America's youth and rural states the hardest and has reached the highest levels in decades, a report released Wednesday by Democrats on Congress' Joint Economic Committee has found.

Sep 18, 2019 In The News

For the first time in 2017, the rate of firearm deaths surpassed the rate of deaths resulting from car accidents in the United States. Gun violence exacts a staggering toll on the U.S. economy, according to a new report commissioned by congressional Democrats.

The report noted that nearly 40,000 people were killed by firearms in 2017, which included around 2,500 school-aged kids. Sixty percent of the shooting deaths were suicides. About 1,000 fewer people died in motor vehicle traffic accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).