Rep. Maloney Announces New Bill to Combat Gun Violence

Feb 16, 2018
Press Release
Plans to introduce bill to restore Obama Administration rule to help keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill

NEW YORK, NY—In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, announced her plans to introduce new legislation to combat gun violence.

“Americans want action and so do I. That is why today I am announcing plans to introduce a new bill to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a risk to others. This legislation will take the Obama-era mental health background check regulation that President Trump repealed and make it law. This will allow law enforcement to check the Social Security database and add people who are unable to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check system.

“Now is the time to act. Thoughts and prayers do not change anything. Enough is enough.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Maloney has authored legislation to enact harsher penalties for gun trafficking, to close the gun show background check loophole, to incentivize responsible gun ownership, to fund gun violence research, and to promote the development of “smart gun” technology.

For her work, she has consistently been given an “F” rating from the NRA.

Bills Introduced by Rep. Maloney to Improve Gun Safety and Reduce Gun Violence:

HR1475: 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.

 

HR 1612: 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.

 

HR1708: 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.

 

HR1832: 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.

 

HR2380: 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.

 

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