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Gun Violence Prevention

Require Universal, Comprehensive Background Checks

Oregon and a few other states have strong background check requirements, but unfortunately people can simply cross state lines and buy weapons in states with background check loopholes. That’s why Congress must take action. Universal background checks would help stop criminals from getting weapons they are not legally allowed to purchase.

Nationally, millions of guns are exchanged each year without a background check. In states like Oregon that require a background check for all gun sales, there has been a significant drop in domestic violence deaths and suicide.


Uphold the Second Amendment

I support the rights of gun owners, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who understand the responsibilities that go along with gun ownership. Every step taken to reduce gun violence must be constitutional and consistent with the Second Amendment.


Limit Gun Magazine Sizes

I support banning the sale of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. In Orlando, the shooter who perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history was able to fire twenty rounds in nine seconds. The shooter at Newtown fired 154 rounds. The shooter in Aurora came equipped with a 100-round drum magazine.


Reinstate the Ban on Military Style Assault Weapons 

The shootings in Newtown, Clackamas Town Center, and Aurora all involved the use of weapons that would have been illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. Although the 1994 law was not flawless, I support efforts to stop future sales of military-style assault weapons. These guns and the ammunition they carry are designed for one thing: killing a lot of people very quickly. They don’t belong in our communities. Stopping future sales of these deadly weapons is a commonsense measure that will help save innocent lives.


Allow and Fund Gun Violence Research

Gun violence kills about 30,000 Americans every year, and it’s the second-leading killer of individuals ages 10-34. Americans are dying of gun violence at rates that far outpace the rest of the western world, but unfortunately Congress has used the appropriations process to effectively ban the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying gun violence. The American people deserve to have our nation’s leading researchers and scientists studying the effects of gun violence, and I am working to make this happen.



More on Gun Violence Prevention

February 27, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has praised House approval of a bill requiring criminal background checks for almost all firearms sales and transfers.

The 240-190 vote Wednesday (Feb. 27) sent HR 8 to an uncertain fate in the Senate, which has a Republican majority. But the bill was recognized as the first major legislation on gun violence prevention to pass either chamber in more than two decades.

February 22, 2019 In The News

"When something like that happens, it's chaos in the first place," Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller told city councilors Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, during a review of how his department has worked with schools to develop a safety plan in the event of an active shooter situation.

Earlier this month, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici invited a gun violence prevention advocate to accompany her to the 2019 State of the Union address.

February 20, 2019 In The News

As a congresswoman and a student activist with a generation between us, we may have different perspectives, but we both agree wholeheartedly that we cannot accept gun violence as normal. Every day, 100 people lose their lives to gun violence. That is tragic and unacceptable. We must take action.

February 8, 2019 In The News

Portland State freshman Alexandria Goddard sat in the gallery above Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici in the U.S. House of Representatives Chamber this week hoping to hear President Trump talk about gun violence prevention during his State of the Union address.

Instead, the president focused on the economy and immigration, repeating his calls for Congress to authorize funding for a wall on the southwestern border.

February 6, 2019 In The News

A recent Sunset High School alumna, Alexandria Goddard, attended President Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday evening at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Goddard was the guest of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, whose district includes Beaverton and much of Washington County.

"It was absolutely amazing," Goddard said Wednesday. "I got to meet people who I'm going to have to call heroes. Seriously."

February 5, 2019 In The News
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February 5, 2019 In The News

President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address tonight is supposed to focus on “unity.” 

“We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future,” Trump plans to say, according to an excerpt distributed by the White House. 

February 5, 2019 In The News

An 18-year-old Sunset High School graduate and current Portland State University student will be attending Tuesday night’s State of the Union.

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, invited Alexandria Goddard, who helped organize Portland’s March for Our Lives event and who also led campaigns to get young people involved in politics.

February 4, 2019 In The News

President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address Tuesday night. Two of his former housekeepers, both immigrants, will watch from the House chamber.

Each member of Congress gets at least one ticket for a guest, and though some bring family members, many are accompanied by a constituent whose story helps illustrate a policy priority.

February 4, 2019 Press Release
In the wake of tragic school shootings, students like Alexandria stepped up to lead overdue conversations about policies to protect our students and communities from senseless violence.