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.

"The horrific tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead, at least 14 injured, and a community and nation in mourning. My heart breaks for the victims, students, and teachers, for the parents who dropped their children off at school not knowing it would be their last goodbye, and for the American people, many concerned about whether or not something like this could happen at their child’s school. There are tough questions that must be answered about the shooter, including why many red flags that were raised about him previously did not prevent his ability to acquire an AR-15 and a high volume of ammunition. But we don’t have to wait for answers to these questions for Congress to pass legislation already supported by a majority of Americans, like universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and reinstating a federal ban on military-style assault weapons. The stakes are too high to allow partisan politics to get in the way of common sense change.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

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. 

“Keeping firearms out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence is already the law of the land and must be enforced across the board. The shooting in Sutherland Springs exposed a glaring hole in Department of Defense reporting requirements that made it possible for the shooter to purchase a gun, even though a military court found him guilty of domestic violence while serving in the Air Force. Our bipartisan legislation increases transparency and mandates reporting of service members convicted of domestic violence to the FBI-administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which would prevent them from purchasing or owning firearms. Congress must act and pass this commonsense measure to help improve the safety of our communities." -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard


More on Working to Pass Bipartisan, Common Sense Gun Control Legislation

July 16, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) urged the House and Senate to pass H.R.4301, the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act, following the recent release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which examined gun violence data and the characteristics of school shootings in K-12 education.
November 22, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Lucy McBath (GA-06), and Jahana Hayes (CT-05) called on Congressional leaders to support a House vote on H.R. 4301, the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act.
September 12, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DCToday, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Lucy McBath (GA-06), and Jahana Hayes (CT-05) introduced H.R. 4301, the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act.
February 27, 2019 Press Release

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.


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