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
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY12) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s executive actions to reduce gun violence:
“Americans are tired of killing. They’re tired of our streets, schools, churches and other public spaces being treated as war zones. And they’re tired of the NRA’s carry-a-gun or be killed mentality that has led to tens of thousands gun deaths each year.
NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Public Advocate Letitia James, Special Policy Advisor and Executive Assistant DA Chauncey Parker of the Manhattan DA’s Office, gun violence prevention activists, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblymember Dan Quart, and Council Member Corey Johnson and Council Member Ben Kallos gathered at 26 Federal Plaza to call for Congressional action on gun violence in the United States and to share stories of loved ones lost to gun violence.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement after 14 were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernadino, California.
“It’s a moral outrage that as the bloodshed and violence from guns continues, Congress remains silent. There hasn’t been a single calendar week since 2013 when there wasn’t a mass murder at the barrel of a gun. Yet Congress has taken no action in response to the violence in our schools, community centers, streets, churches and other public spaces.