Newtown, CT- Po Murray, Chairwoman of Newtown Action Alliance, issued the following statement demanding a vote on 56 gun control bills introduced in the House of Representatives:
“On Friday, a gunman used his father’s shotgun and a .38 revolver to kill 10 students and educators and injure others in Santa Fe High School in Texas. We send our love to the Santa Fe community and we encourage Santa Fe community leaders to reach out to us to access our resource folder created to support communities that have experienced similar mass shooting tragedies.
We have warned all Americans that if a mass shooting can occur in Newtown, Connecticut, then it can happen anywhere in the United States. The gun lobby influence on Congress is killing our children in our schools, on our streets and everywhere in America. We demand that House Speaker Paul Ryan reject all money from the gun lobby and immediately call a vote on the 56 gun control measures outlined below. There is absolutely no justification for not passing these common sense policies.
Speaker Ryan sent his thoughts and prayers to the Parkland community after 17 students and educators were brutally murdered by a 19-year-old gunman with a Smith & Wesson M&P15 assault rifle on Valentine’s Day, but he ignored our call for him to allow a vote on the 56 House Task Force Member gun safety bills. Consequently, the number of gun deaths and injuries continues to rise.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, 232 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives received money from the gun lobby in 2016.
It’s clear why Speaker Ryan refuses to allow a vote on the following gun control measures. He was the recipient of the highest contributions from the gun lobby groups in 2016.
It’s time for Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, all members of Congress and Donald Trump to make the #NoNRAMoney pledge and begin to pass these sensible gun laws to protect our children, families and our communities across the nation or prepare to lose their jobs on Election Day.”
Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
Member Bills and Resolutions in the 115th Congress
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:
- Semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
- Semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
- Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
- Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
- And 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.
Rep Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)
Title: Keep Americans Safe Act
Summary: To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.
Title: Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act
Summary: To prohibit the possession or transfer of certain firearm accessories, and for other purposes.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (CA-28)
Title: Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act
Summary: To repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and provide for the discoverability and admissibility of gun trace information in civil proceedings.
Title: To authorize the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.
Summary: To authorize the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.
Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4)
Title: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act
Summary: To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect more victims of domestic violence by preventing their abusers from possessing or receiving firearms, and for other purposes.
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Title: SECURE Firearm Storage Act
Summary: To amend Title 18, United States Code, to require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records, and business premises.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Title: Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2017
Summary: To prevent gun trafficking.
Title: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2017
Summary: To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows.
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Title: Gun Violence Restraining Order Act of 2017
Summary: To provide family members of an individual who they fear is a danger to himself, herself, or others new tools to prevent gun violence.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-2)
Title: Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2017
Summary: To require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05)
Title: Establishing the Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention.
Summary: Establishes the House Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention to investigate and report on: 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, strengthening federal penalties for trafficking and straw purchasing of firearms, closing loopholes that allow some domestic abusers continued access to firearms, linkages between firearms and suicide, gun violence's effect on public health, the correlation between state gun violence prevention laws and the incidence of gun violence, the importance of having reliable and accurate information on gun violence and its toll on our nation, the implementation of effective gun violence prevention laws in accordance with the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and rates of gun violence in large metropolitan areas.
Title: Safer Communities Act of 2017
Summary: To protect individuals by strengthening the Nation's mental health infrastructure, improving the understanding of violence, strengthening firearm prohibitions and protections for at-risk individuals, and improving and expanding the reporting of mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Title: Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017
Summary: To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Title: Disarm Hate Act
Summary: To prevent a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime, or received an enhanced sentence for a misdemeanor because of hate or bias in its commission, from obtaining a firearm.
Title: Expressing support for the designation of June 21 as National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day to promote children's health and gun safety.
Summary: Expresses support for the designation of National ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day to encourage parents to begin asking the question, "Is there an unlocked gun in your house?" before their child visits other homes.
Title: End Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act of 2017
Summary: To incentivize State reporting systems that allow mental health professionals to submit information on certain individuals deemed dangerous for purposes of prohibiting firearm possession by such individuals, and for other purposes.
Title: Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act
Summary: To amend the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 to provide notification to relevant law enforcement agencies in the event that a background check conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System determines that a person may not receive a firearm, and for other purposes.
Title: Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act
Summary: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms, and for other purposes.
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10)
Title: Commemorating one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Title: Supporting the goals and ideals of "National Gun Violence Awareness Day" and "National Gun Violence Awareness Month".
Summary: Expresses support for the goals and ideals of National Gun Violence Awareness Month and National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Calls on the people of the United States to: promote greater awareness of gun violence and gun safety; wear orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day; concentrate heightened attention on gun violence during the summer months, when gun violence typically increases; and bring citizens and community leaders together to discuss ways to make the communities safer.
Title: Gun Violence Research Act of 2017
Summary: To clarify that the Dickey Amendment does not prevent the use of funds for research on mental health, gun violence, and how they intersect, and to provide for reporting on the effects of gun violence.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Title: Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act of 2017
Summary: To require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report to the Congress semiannually on the number of firearms transfers resulting from the failure to complete a background check within 3 business days, and the procedures followed after it is discovered that a firearm transfer has been made to a transferee who is ineligible to receive a firearm
Title: Gun Violence Reduction Resources Act of 2017
Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of Justice to hire 200 additional agents and investigators for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Title: To authorize funding to increase access to mental health care treatment to reduce gun violence
Summary: This bill authorizes FY2018 appropriations for the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration to: (1) increase access to mental health care treatment and services, and (2) promote reporting of mental health information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Title: David’s Law
Summary: To enhance Federal enforcement of hate crimes, and for other purposes.The bill authorizes the Department of the Treasury and DOJ, for FY2017-FY2019, to increase the number of personnel to protect against criminal interference with federally-protected activities.
Title: Gun Safety: Not Sorry Act of 2017
Summary: To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for a 7-day waiting period before a semiautomatic firearm, a silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a large capacity ammunition magazine may be transferred.
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Title: PROTECT Act
Summary: To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to develop and make available guidance relating to domestic preparedness for and collective response to terrorism regarding active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance, and for other purposes.
Rep. Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
Title: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that a standing committee (or subcommittee thereof) hearing be held whenever there is a moment of silence in the House for a tragedy involving gun violence
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Title: National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act of 2017
Summary: To require the Attorney General to issue rules pertaining to the collection and compilation of data on the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers.
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)
Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to improve safety and security for service weapons used by Federal law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Title: Buyback Our Safety Act
Summary: To establish a gun buyback grant program.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Title: Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act
Summary: To protect victims of stalking from gun violence.
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Title: Campus Gun Policy Transparency Act
Summary: To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to disclose their concealed carry or open carry policies with respect to firearms, and for other purposes.
Rep. Elliot Engel (NY-16)
Title: Armor-Piercing Bullets Act of 2017
Summary: To enact into law a framework for deciding whether certain projectiles are `primarily intended for sporting purposes' for purposes of determining whether the projectiles are armor piercing ammunition.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)
Title: Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act
Summary: To require the Attorney General to establish a `Good Neighbor' code of conduct for federally licensed firearms dealers, and for other purposes.
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)
Title: Gun Manufacturers Accountability Act
Summary: This bill amends the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to repeal provisions that prohibit state or federal civil actions or administrative proceedings from being brought against firearm or ammunition manufacturers, sellers, importers, dealers, or trade associations for criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm by the person bringing the action or a third party.
Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (GA-4)
Title: Airport Security Act of 2017
Summary: To prohibit certain individuals from possessing a firearm in an airport, and for other purposes.
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (NV-04)
Title: Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act
Summary: To modernize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.
Rep. Daniel Kildee (MI-05)
Help Communities Fight Violent Crime Act
Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for Violent Crime Reduction Partnerships in the most violent U.S. cities. It permits the ATF to transfer appropriated funds to another agency or instrumentality of the U.S. government for the purpose of conducting activities under such a partnership.
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Title: Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017
Summary: To establish a Department of Peacebuilding, and for other purposes.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
Title: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that gun violence is a public health issue and Congress should enact by the end of the 115th Congress comprehensive Federal legislation that protects the Second Amendment and keeps communities safe and healthy, including expanding enforceable background checks for all commercial gun sales, improving the mental health system in the United States, and making gun trafficking and straw purchasing a Federal crime.
Title: Firearm Risk Protection Act of 2017
Summary: To prohibit the sale of a firearm to, and the purchase of a firearm by, a person who is not covered by appropriate liability insurance coverage.
Title: Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2017
Summary: To provide for the development and use of technology for personalized handguns, to require that all handguns manufactured or sold in, or imported into, the United States incorporate such technology, and for other purposes.
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5)
Title: Protecting Communities from Lost or Stolen Law Enforcement Weapons Act of 2017
Summary: To require State and local law enforcement agencies to promptly report the loss or theft of any firearm to the National Tracing Center, and for other purposes.
Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4)
Title: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2017
Summary: To establish a grant program to encourage States to adopt certain policies and procedures relating to the transfer and possession of firearms.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7)
Title: Gun Violence Research Act
Summary: To repeal the provision that in practice prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from sponsoring research on gun violence in fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
Title: Expressing support for the designation of June 2017 as "National Gun Violence Awareness Month" and calling on Congress to address gun violence
Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-9)
Title: Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2017
Summary: To authorize the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to make grants to States, units of local government, and gun dealers to conduct gun buyback programs, and for other purposes.
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5)
Title: Public Health Violence Prevention Act
Summary: To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a National Center for Violence Prevention, and for other purposes.
Title: To require the Attorney General to study whether an individual's history of domestic violence can be used to determine the likelihood of such individual committing a mass shooting.
Title: NICS Denial Notification Act of 2017
Summary: To provide for the reporting to State and local law enforcement authorities of cases in which the national instant criminal background check system indicates that a firearm has been sought to be acquired by a prohibited person, so that authorities may pursue criminal charges under State law, and to ensure that the Department of Justice reports to Congress on prosecutions secured against prohibited persons who attempt to acquire a firearm.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8)
Title: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to observe a 60-second moment of silence in the House for those killed by gun violence in the United States on the next legislative day after any such individual dies.
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Title: SECURE Firearm Storage Act
Cosponsors: 24Summary: To amend title 18, United States Code, to require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records, and business premises.
Rep. Norma J. Torres (CA-35)
Title: Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2017
Summary: To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand to all firearms the requirement that Federal firearms licensees report sales of 2 or more handguns to the same unlicensed person within 5 consecutive business days.
Title: Countering Illegal Firearms Trafficking to Mexico Act
Summary: To address the problem of illegal firearm trafficking to Mexico.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY-7)
Title: Protecting Americans from Gun Violence Act of 2017
Summary: To reduce gun violence, fund gun violence research and victim assistance, and enhance the tracking of lost and stolen firearms, and for other purposes.”
Newtown Action Alliance
Newtown Action Alliance (http://alliance.newtownaction.org/) is a Newtown-based, national grassroots organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Our mission is to achieve the steady and continuous reduction of gun violence through legislative and cultural changes.