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

January 22, 2019 Press Release

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.

May 23, 2018 Press Release

"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.

March 23, 2018 Press Release

"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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March 14, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke in support of H.R.4909, the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Actlegislation she has co-sponsored that would increase federal funding for schools in Hawai'i and across the country to strengthen school violence prevention measures.

March 13, 2018 Press Release

"7,000 shoes are lined along the U.S. Capitol today representing every child lost due to gun violence since the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. We cannot wait for another tragedy for Congress to take action. It’s time to put politics aside, and pass common sense gun safety legislation that is already supported by both Republicans and Democrats, and the majority of Americans - like closing the gun show and online loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons and bump stocks, and requiring background checks on anyone seeking to purchase a gun.


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