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7 Gun Violence Prevention Bills in Congress Now

by Countable | 3.1.18

While Congress has yet to schedule a vote on legislation aimed at preventing gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Capitol Hill is awash in legislative proposals. There are sure to be more bills introduced in the days and weeks ahead, but here’s a look at seven proposals that have already been introduced.

S. 2135 - Fix NICS Act: This bill, introduced by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), would seek to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by ensuring federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the NICS. It has the support of 49 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, including 25 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

H.R. 3999 - Banning Bump Stocks: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced this bill to ban "bump stocks" and similar devices which are designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon to that of an automatic weapon without actually converting it into a machinegun. It has the bipartisan support of 32 cosponsors in the House, including 16 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

H.R. 4240 - Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017: Offered by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), this bill would expand the background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales — including at gun shows or online — while incentivizing states to improve their reporting of criminal records to the NICS system. It has the support of 197 cosponsors in the House, including 186 Democrats and 11 Republicans.

H.R. 5090 - Raise the Age Act: This bill offered by Reps. Anthony Brown (D-MD) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) would raise the age limit for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle that has a magazine with a capacity of more than five rounds from 18 to 21 years of age. It has the support of 22 cosponsors in the House, including 20 Democrats and two Republicans.

H.R. 5087 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2018: Introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-CT), this bill would ban all semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a magazine that’s either detachable or can carry more than 10 rounds, which would cover the popular AK and AR style rifles. All of its 167 cosponsors are Democrats.

H.R. 2513 - Police Officers Protecting Children Act: Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s (R-MO) bill would allow qualified off-duty or retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms in school zones if local school districts allow it. It has the support of 6 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.

S. 834 - Authorizing the CDC to Research Gun Violence: Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) bill would repeal the Dickey Amendment, which has been interpreted as prohibiting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from researching the causes of gun violence. It would also authorize $10 million in annual funding to that end. It has the support of 32 cosponsors in the Senate, all Democrats.

Hit Take Action to tell your reps which of these proposals you support or oppose, and share your thoughts below!

— Eric Revell

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  • Missy
    03/02/2018
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    It is unbelievable that we continue to argue that our right to guns is more important than the right to feel safe or the right of our children to live (in the wake of Sandy Hook and Parkland). We should follow Australia’s lead, offer money for firearms to get weapons off the street and ban assault weapons, bump stocks and only allow guns for a reasonable need, such as hunting.

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  • Lisa
    03/02/2018
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    I am a supporter of the second amendment. Banning assault weapons does not threaten the second amendment. Only people with extreme views take it to the extreme. Fear mongers !

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  • Azrael
    03/02/2018
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    No more No more no more Our safety is more important than donations from the NRA

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  • PaxAmericana
    03/02/2018
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    Yes! Please ban my guns and my right to self defense! Then after we burn the 2nd amendment, we can burn the first and the fourth as well, so that all citizens are forced to worship the government and have their homes raided if suspected of owning any guns or bibles! Only then will the government of the liberals, by the liberals, and for the liberals not perish from this Earth. #Sad

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  • Erik
    03/02/2018
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    Hmmm... sounds like PaxAmerica is someone guided by a sense of fear and conspiracy theories and Fox Noise?? Paranoid much? Taking away assault weapons and bump stocks is not a lot to ask. They’re not taking away ALL the guns, just the absurd ones that are only meant for the military. Absolutely NO REASON for them to be on the streets, especially not in the hands of a deranged teenager. Common sense gun laws only make sense and are what our founding fathers meant when they wrote the Constitution.

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  • Kgleopold
    03/02/2018
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    This app promotes doing your research. If everybody who reads this inquires about the state of California’s laws regarding firearms, you would be astonished to see how many of these things are already in place here. Now I wonder where Gavin Newsom, Diane Feinstein and Jerry Brown are? Why aren’t they standing up and screaming from the rooftops “HEY EVERYBODY WE GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT HERE! DO WHAT WE DO, IT WORKS.” Because none of it is working. DOJ and ATF regulations, ban on assault weapons, magazine capacity restrictions, 10-day waiting periods to pick up a gun, a regulated amount of rounds one person can buy in one day, but crimes are still committed with guns here every single day. Thanks for reading, and Google “CA gun laws.”

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  • Brian
    03/02/2018
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    SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Disarm bad guys,YES. Screw over all the law abiding gun owners, NO!!!!

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  • CombatVeteran
    03/02/2018
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    Banning "assault weapons" is Ludacris. It solves absolutely nothing. The problem isn't guns. It's the evil heart. Focus on that and leave my second amendment alone.

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  • William
    03/02/2018
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    Congress needs to step up to the plate and protect our children’s lives as well as others devastated by gun violence!!! If you accepted money from the NRA don’t expect my vote or many , Many others !!

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  • Mary
    03/02/2018
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    Ok, none of these bills listed here ban people’s rights to guns. So those of you who immediately comment that this is taking away 2nd amendment rights clearly did not read the list. I am a gun owner and believe in our rights to bear arms. However stricter laws and background checks, raising the age limit for certain types of guns, especially for assault rifles may not prevent ALL mass shooting but will certainly make it harder for those who try.

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  • Vince
    03/02/2018
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    "Relax, nobody is trying to take your guns." - Democrats. "Here's a bill for a full ban on ARs." - also Democrats. Talk about a group of people with zero principles.

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  • George
    03/02/2018
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    You people need to stop blaming GOP, NRA,Congress,the President!For 8 yrs. the past administration did nothing to stop school shootings,but now somehow you want to cast the blame on an inanimate object a rifle,ban criminals from obtaining guns,in America gun bans don’t fly!

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/02/2018
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    Of course the CDC should study gun violence. Suppression of facts happens in dictatorships. Free countries are interested in truth – not the dictatorship’s propaganda stance.The CDC should be studying gun violence and the effects of cannabis so that the American people have access to truth—not fantasy.

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/02/2018
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    No well-meaning person needs the means to kill the maximum number of people in the shortest time. Semi automatic and automatic guns are designed for murder. We don’t need to arm everyone for murder. This makes absolute sense and I support it. Taking weapons of war used to slaughter our children in their schools, families in their churches and entertainment venues, and anyone walking anywhere is not an infringement of rights. Saying people break laws is not a reason to be lawless.

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  • Gregory
    03/02/2018
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    Stop social engineering the united states of america and the constitution. If it is not broke quit trying to fix it. Every thing the left and the democrats touch they destroy. Move to Europe or even better Russia or some other socialist country and leave america alone.

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  • Keith
    03/02/2018
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    The NRA has spent $6,986,931 in direct and outside support to help Sen. Richard Burr win. The NRA has spent $4,418,833 in direct and outside support to help Sen. Thom Tillis win. The NRA has spent $43,070 in direct and outside support to help Rep. Patrick T. McHenry win. I would call that a clear and present conflict of interest. It is time to give the NRA their blood money back, and run an honest campaign. If you can't run a campaign without their money, you don't deserve to run at all. If you truly represent the people, it is your constitutional duty to give the NRA their money back. And don't tell me the same line that "Laws won't fix this, because criminals will break laws." You make laws. It's your job. And the mantra that criminals will break laws applies to every single law that you have ever drafted. I don't hear you saying Immigration laws and a boarder wall--the golden calf of this administration--won't work. I don't hear you saying that a travel ban won't protect us, and so far our own citizens are responsible for more deaths than any foreign terrorist. Give the NRA their money back. And while you do that, work toward sensible gun laws. Increased background checks, psychological evaluations, waiting periods, age restrictions, banning assault rifles. Most of all, overturn the Dickey Amendment.

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  • SavoJr
    03/02/2018
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    It’s the person not the gun that kills. Liberals are the Death to America.

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  • PaxAmericana
    03/02/2018
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    @Erik Regarding your personal attack against me, an ad hominem logical fallacy in of itself, I would like to rebut your callous accusations. Firstly, I am NOT some Alex Jones conspiracy theorist. I am a rational, thinking individual. Such posts are only phrased in such a way to garner additional viewings and outreach. Secondly, you either misspelled Fox News as Fox Noise or you intentionally called it noise in an effort to discredit the news station. That is hardly fair, considering there are approximately five liberal mainstream media stations and only moderate/conservative one. And yes, if one watches Fox News, much of their content is nuanced and attacks both Democrats and Republicans. Thirdly, of course not all guns are being banned yet. But “yet” is the key word. They didn’t start with an outright ban in the U.K. or Australia. The started with the machine guns, then they went for the semis, the handguns, the rifles, and then the pistols. Now, ALL guns are banned in those places. It’s small steps, first A, then B, then C. Law of Syllogism. This is why any and all attempts to curtail the 2nd amendment must be stopped, not just the radical ones. And I’ll note that the rates for burglaries with people in homes in the US is 16%, whereas in the UK its 60%. Why? Because in Britain criminals don’t have to worry about being shot upon breaking and entering. For two historical examples of sweeping gun control look to two countries: Nazis Germany and Fascist Italy. Both “bad” Nations, without a doubt. Not to mention, your comment of there being “NO REASON” for guns to be on the streets seems at least to me you are implying an outright ban would be a good thing. Fourthly, how can one legitimize the banning of gun sales to a person under 21 when at the age of 18 he/she can be drafted to use such weapons in defense of the country at age 18? This is a rhetorical question, but the clear answer is one can’t legitimize it. As the electorate said before the passage of the 26th amendment, “If you are old enough to die for this country, then you are old enough to vote [or buy a gun.]” Lastly, I am aware that the phrase “a well regulated militia” is confusing to many people, but it is important to bear in mind that the Bill of Rights didn’t create any rights for the people; it merely reaffirmed the rights of the people already inherent to them. The operative clause in the 2nd amendment does not grant the states any power, but rather states that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”, and that because of this inherent right the several states are permitted to keep and train militias. Our Founding Fathers weren’t gun-bashing regulators; they fought the Revolutionary War in part BECAUSE of illegal British gun control at Lexington and Concord (the shot heard ‘round the world). If you Google “James Madison’s original 12 unmodified amendments in the Bill of Rights”, his protection of guns becomes even more apparent. So no, I am not paranoid. I simply care about the values and the future of my country. The only ones fear mongering are the Left.

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  • Alain
    03/02/2018
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    Every bill to restrict arms is an act of usurpation, this is truly dangerous politicians not adhering to there oath to office.

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  • Donna
    03/02/2018
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    I understand why we have not been able to do anything about gun violence in this country for the last 15 years, just by reading through these comments. Somewhere between the sane days of the early 1990s (when assault-style weapons actually WERE banned) and today, this nation has ceased to be a place of reason. It is now a place of division, tribalism, conspiracy-theorists and fear-mongering rhetoric - on both sides of this debate. I believe in the 2nd Amendment - and all the others also. The 2nd Amendment grants Americans the 'right to keep and bear arms' to form a 'well-regulated Militia' as necessary 'for the security of a free State'. That's IT! Nowhere in this ONE SENTENCE does it grant unlimited access to unlimited arms everywhere in the country. It does not even specify a right to personal self-protection - it recognizes the right to protect a FREE STATE against a tyrannical FEDERAL government. The Supreme Court ruled in June, 2008, that 'Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose'. The US has a problem with gun violence that cannot be denied. Most gun-owners are law-abiding citizens, a fact also undeniable. But, as stated by the Supreme Court justices in the DC v Heller case quoted from above, there can be limits placed on the type of weapon and manner in which it is carried (concealed, open carry, etc.). NO ONE wants to take away your handguns or rifles or shotguns. Americans are just asking for the restoration in some common sense here. The second amendment recognizes the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms'. The Constitution recognizes this nation was formed to 'establish Justice , insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty'. The right to bear arms does not and never should infringe on the right everyone has to liberty - or life. There is middle ground here. Perhaps everyone (including Congress) needs to take a step back and drop the emotions and conspiracies. The problem we have will not be solved by a single bill but a step forward would be progress. Since Paul Ryan has already refused to even discuss any of them, this point is moot. We will continue to be a nation yelling about our individual rights without taking responsibility for the 'general welfare' of 'We the People'.

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