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

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.


Feb 10, 2021 In The News

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday unveiled a legislative package of five bills focused on gun safety.

Maloney introduced the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, which would make gun trafficking a felony and make straw purchasing — when someone buys a gun for another person who is ineligible — a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor.

Feb 10, 2021 In The News

As residents of Parkland approach, Feb. 14 with a sense of dread, a New York Congresswoman is talking gun control laws. 

U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, (D) New York, is using this occasion, the three-year mark of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to introduce a package of five gun control bills, and she was joined in that effort by an activist Parkland dad. 

Feb 10, 2021 In The News

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney today introduced a legislative package to improve gun safety standards to mark Sunday’s third anniversary of the shooting at Parkland, Florida’s Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School.

On  Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, then 19, killed 17 students and teachers and non-fatally injured seventeen others at the school.

Feb 10, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today joined with gun safety advocates to introduce a gun safety legislative package. This comes ahead of the three-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and is part of Congresswoman Maloney’s pledge to honor all those lost to gun violence with action.


Feb 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – As 2020 marked the deadliest year for gun violence in the last 20 years, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act to fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on firearms safety and gun violence prevention. The legislation would authorize $50 million in funding each fiscal year for the next five years at the CDC to study gun violence.

Jan 28, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded the announcement from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that the publication of the recently finalized “Fair Access to Financial Services” rule was paused. The OCC’s rule would have forced financial institutions to lend to and support gun manufacturers. The Congresswoman, on January 19, wrote to then-President-elect Biden urging him to block this rule.


Jan 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services, today wrote to President-elect Joe Biden, urging him to block the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) recently finalized “Fair Access to Financial Services” rule which would force financial institutions to lend to and support gun manufacturers.