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.
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 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
Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of which I am a senior member, held a hearing on preventing the loss of lives to illegal gun crime. In theory, this is a long overdue discussion for Congress, and the committee should be applauded. If only the hearing had served that purpose.
Following today’s news that House Republican leaders will be including a gun-related measure similar to that of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in an anti-terrorism legislative package to be voted on next week, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:
NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney was joined at Carl Schurz Park by gun safety advocates, community members, and survivors of gun violence to stage a sit-in for the National Day of Action for Gun Violence Prevention. Democrats across the country held events today as a follow-up to last week’s historic sit-in on the house floor.
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”?
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.
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: