Gun Safety

I have spent my career working to protect American citizens from the forces that would do us harm. The scourge of gun violence is a significant threat to our security. With nearly 40,000 deaths by firearms annually and children traumatized by the fear of shootings in classrooms and on the streets across our country, it is clear that elected leaders have been derelict in their duty to protect American citizens from this threat.

As a Member of Congress, I will not rest until we implement the common sense gun-violence prevention policies that have the widespread bipartisan support of the American people.

Solutions to the gun violence epidemic in this country must be multifaceted, also addressing suicide, accidents, and intimate partner violence. We need to create a new gun culture in this country that prizes safety, transparency, and accountability. There are some clear policy changes we can make that will save American lives.

In war zones around the world, I saw what assault weapons can do in the hands of trained soldiers. In America, assault rifles account for 86 percent of mass shootings, and when we had a ban in place, mass shootings decreased by as much as 70 percent. Assault weapons do not belong on our streets—I will fight to reinstitute the ban to keep our communities safe.

Huge majorities of Americans—Democrats and Republicans—strongly support universal background checks, red flag laws, and other measures that would directly address this crisis.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Reinstate the assault weapons ban, and ban high-capacity magazines
  • Mandate universal background checks for all gun sales including citizen-citizen and gun show sales
  • Create a federal registry of gun ownership and usage statistics
  • Create “red flag” laws that make it easier to ensure those who are known to be a danger in their community cannot purchase firearms
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