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:


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.



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.



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.



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.



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 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.



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

Jul 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in reaction to the Thursday movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana:

“Two are dead and nine are wounded after a gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater. The hearts of all Americans break with the news of each tragedy, and today is no different. I pray for the speedy recovery of those who were wounded and peace for the loved ones of those who died.

Jul 21, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – Five people were murdered by a shooter in Chattanooga, TN, nine people were murdered in a church in Charleston, 10 people were killed and 55 wounded over July 4th weekend in Chicago.  The gun lobby works overtime to make sure guns are easily available and that existing laws are never enforced. 

Jul 17, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK –Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today issued the following statement today on the fatal shootings at the Naval Operational Support Center and at an Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, which left four Marines dead:

Jul 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today called on Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings to hold a hearing on the breakdown of the criminal background check system, which resulted in Dylann Roof improperly being allowed to purchase the weapon used to massacre nine innocent Americans in a South Carolina church.

Jun 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on the Charleston Church Shooting that claimed nine lives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“No words can ease the pain of the families who lost so much yesterday. Only our prayers can help, and I am praying for the families and friends who lost loved ones and for those who were injured. Today, our nation stands with the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the people of Charleston and we will never forget them.

May 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — A background check is required when a Federal Firearm Licensee wants to sell firearms at a gun show, but no such requirement exists for private sales. The ATF says that makes gun shows a major trafficking channel for illegal guns. To address this problem, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act (H.R. 2380).

Mar 10, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in reaction to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ decision to shelve a proposal that would have banned M855 ammunition.

Feb 2, 2015 Press Release

Washington (February 2, 2015) – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.)  today praised President Obama for including $10 million for gun violence research in the Department of Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. Last week, Senator Markey and Rep. Maloney and a group of Senate and House Democrats called on the President to request the funding.

Dec 30, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today urged Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy to take action on gun violence and other public health issues. In her letter, Maloney called for better efforts to understand gun violence and continued action in addressing skin cancer.