Carolyn Maloney has consistently fought to keep New York safe from the threat of gun violence. Too many innocent Americans are killed by guns each year, by accident or otherwise. Carolyn has never faltered in her fight for the victims of this needless violence, and has worked tirelessly throughout her career to push for legislation that enhanced gun safety and keeps guns out of the hands of those who wish to cause others harm. She’s authored five strong gun safety bills and is fighting hard to require universal background checks, renew the ban on assault weapons, and ban people on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun.
Maloney-authored bills include:
The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act. Our current background check system is full of loopholes that allow thousands of people to buy guns without going through a background check. That’s why the ATF and others have identified these events as a “major trafficking channel”. To fix that, Carolyn has authored comprehensive legislation to require background checks on all gun sales at gun shows and increase the reporting and inspection standards for these events.
The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act. Law enforcement has repeatedly told Congress that it needs better and stronger tools to go after gun traffickers and straw purchasers who buy guns for criminals who cannot pass a background check. Carolyn has introduced legislation to do just that, by authoring a bipartisan bill to boost penalties for straw purchasers and give prosecutors tools to go after trafficking rings that bring illegal guns to our cities.
The Handgun Trigger Safety Act. Smart guns that can be programmed to allow only the gun’s owner to use them can be an effective way to to prevent accidental gun deaths and promote responsible gun ownership. To get wider adoption of this technology, Carolyn has authored a bill to require all handguns to use “smart gun” technology.
The Firearm Risk Protection Act. To combat gun violence, we need innovative policies that can help incentivize responsible gun ownership. As one approach to this challenge, Carolyn has authored a bill to require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon. We have to have insurance to drive a car or own a home, we should require insurance to own a gun as well.
Public Health Research on Gun Violence. Guns kill more than 30,000 people each year, yet for decades federal researchers have been prohibited from studying the issue of gun violence. Carolyn has authored a bill to, at long last, allow our federal researchers at the Centers for Disease Control to conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.