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.

 

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

May 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar how he plans to use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) increased FY2018 budget to conduct gun violence research. Maloney is the House sponsor of a bill that would not only repeal the Dickey Amendment but also authorize funding for gun violence research at the CDC.

Apr 7, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK--Today, Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Nydia Velázquez (NY-7) joined gun violence prevention advocates and New York City students and residents for a town hall on gun safety reform.

Apr 6, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) was joined by various gun control groups at City Hall on Thursday to announce the introduction of a gun safety bill that would strengthen national background checks.

Currently, records of allowed firearms sales must be destroyed within 24 hours of approval. Maloney’s bill would replace that 24-hour maximum with a 90-day minimum retention period to enable the FBI and ATF more time to audit the background check system and make sure that the process is working effectively.

Apr 5, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Gays Against Guns, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence on the Steps of New York City Hall to announce the introduction of new of gun safety legislation related to the efficacy of our nation’s background check system.

Mar 28, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK--Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined gun violence prevention advocates and New York City students for a listening session on gun safety in schools. The students voiced their concerns and asked a panel of experts questions about how to get involved in the fight against gun violence. The panel included Debbie Weir, Senior Managing Director at Everytown for Gun Safety - Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Shaina Harrison, Program Director at New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and Council Member Ben Kallos.

Mar 23, 2018 Newsletter
This coming Wednesday, March 28 at 3:30pm I am hosting listening session at Eleanor Roosevelt High School on gun safety and gun violence prevention. Since February 14, when 17 innocent lives were taken in Parkland, FL, students all over the country have made their voices heard; on social media, in the news, and last week, by walking out of class. After this weekend’s March for Our Lives I wanted to create a space in which NY 12’s students could voice their concerns directly to me.
Mar 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of HR1832, a bill to repeal the Dickey Amendment and fund gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control, applauded language included in the Omnibus spending bill to remove the ban on such research. 

Mar 14, 2018 Newsletter

Rep. Maloney and students rallying at the Capitol to say “Enough is Enough.”

Feb 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) announced today that they will introduce legislation to reinstate the Obama-era mental health background check for gun purchases. President Trump repealed this rule which would keep individuals with severe mental illnesses from purchasing firearms.

Feb 23, 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

It’s been 9 days since 17 students and teachers were brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s been 9 days since they and their peers were attacked and brutalized in a place where everyone should feel safe. It’s been 9 days of survivors speaking out, of them begging us to act, and it’s been 9 days of Republicans in Congress remaining silent.

If it wasn’t clear before, it sure is clear now; the NRA doesn’t just stand for “National Rifle Association,” it stands for “No Republican Action.”

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