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, close the gun show loophole, and support 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 my 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. My 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. My 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. My bill will allow our federal researchers to do just that.

 

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.

 

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 belies 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

Jun 23, 2016 In The News

In 2004, the national federal assault weapons ban expired. Since then, we have seen 10 mass shootings that employed the use of an assault rifle, six of them since 2011, when Republicans took control of Congress.

We’ve lost more than 170,000 people to guns in since 2011, 14,000 of them innocent children. How many more people have to die, how many families torn apart, until Congress finally says, “Enough is enough”?

Jun 23, 2016 Newsletter
I just spent the night on the House floor as part of the 25+ hour sit-in for gun safety. Our country is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence. Yet, late last night, Speaker Ryan adjourned the House until July 5, instead of allowing a vote on common-sense gun reforms.
Jun 22, 2016 In The News

The Queens congressional delegation hit the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday as more than 50 Democratic representatives from across the country staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun legislation.

Jun 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on the House floor gun control sit-in and the cache of weapons discovered in a truck on its way to NYC via the Holland Tunnel:

Jun 22, 2016 Newsletter
I have joined my House Democratic colleagues in a sit-in in the House chamber to demand action on gun safety. Our country is suffering from an epidemic of gun violence. Yet, time after time, no matter how horrible the tragedy, our attempts to get a vote in the House have been blocked. We cannot, and will not accept inaction anymore.
Jun 17, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, gathered with city leaders, members of the LGBT community, and gun safety advocates to demand Congressional action on gun safety reforms and remember the 49 people who were murdered and 53 wounded at the attack in Orlando. The attack, by a gunman using a semi-automatic assault weapon to murder members of the LGBT community, was the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Jun 17, 2016 In The News

Days after a 15-hour Democratic filibuster ended with an agreement to vote on two gun control measures, a group of New York City Congress members called on Speaker Paul Ryan to let the same legislation come to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Jun 15, 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Jun 13, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Following news reports that one of the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL was Williamsburg resident Enrique Rios, 25, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), who represents Williamsburg in Congress, released the following statement:

Mar 23, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) led 51 of their colleagues to push for funding for the National Violent Death Report System (NVDRS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health research on gun violence.

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