Working to Pass Bipartisan, Common Sense Gun Control Legislation
As the debate over guns and our constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights continues, what is often overlooked are common sense actions that many advocates on both sides of this issue agree on. There are practical steps that both the public and gun owners recognize as necessary to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not own or use them. Tulsi is working to increase school security, shore up and reform our mental healthcare system, close the gun show and online loopholes, ban military-style assault weapons and bump stocks, and require background checks on anyone seeking to purchase a gun. She has cosponsored legislation like the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Act, the Keeping Guns from High Risk Individuals Act, the Assault Weapons Ban, the Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act, the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, the Gun Violence Research Act, and more.
Banning Bump Stocks
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of “bump stocks” and similar devices. The legislation would also make violation of the law a felony and allow for increased penalties for offenders through a review of federal sentencing guidelines. "Bump stocks” are devices that use a semi-automatic weapon’s recoil to allow rapid fire at a rate mirroring that of a fully automatic weapon — 400 to 800 rounds a minute. These devices are legal, unregulated, widely available, and can be purchased online for as little as $100. Their sole purpose is to exacerbate the rate of fire. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is also a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban.
Closing the Sutherland Springs Background Check Loophole
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is the lead Democrat on bipartisan legislation to close the loophole exploited by the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter and ensure that any individual convicted of domestic violence – whether it is in criminal or military court – cannot legally purchase a firearm. The Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to report any member of the Armed Forces convicted of domestic violence offenses to the NICS within three days of conviction. If the DoD fails to submit the required information then it will be required to submit to Congress a written notice on the failure to submit.
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Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), which would close the “gun show loophole” that currently allows people purchasing firearms through private sales, including gun shows, to forgo a background check. H.R. 8 passed by a vote of 240-190.
Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) welcomed a 3D-printed statue of Joaquin "Guac" Oliver, a 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior who was killed in the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school on Valentine's Day last year. The life size 3D sculpture of Joaquin is a tribute to his memory and has been used to support efforts for common-sense gun reforms, like universal background checks, across the country.
"It was great to meet Alfonso and Charlie, student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in #Parkland and my friend @BetoORourkeTX16. They are continuing their push for bipartisan coalitions towards effecting positive change in our communities. I’m joining their call for common-sense, gun safety reforms desperately needed in our country like banning bump stocks. Thousands across the country have already sent in comments to @HQATF expressing their support for banning “bump stocks.” The ATF’s public comment period closes on June 27 - take a moment to make your voice heard.
"Wonderful to visit with students from St. Clement in #Honolulu who traveled all the way to DC to join the #MarchforOurLives, and hear their passion & commitment for positive change to keep our communities safe"-TG
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Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke in support of H.R.4909, the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act—legislation she has co-sponsored that would increase federal funding for schools in Hawai'i and across the country to strengthen school violence prevention measures.