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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

October 27, 2018 Press Release
My heart goes out to everyone affected by today’s horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
October 20, 2018 In The News

Speaking as a member of Congregation Beth Israel, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici said President Donald Trump emboldens racists when he employs coded phrases like "globalists."

"Words matter," she said. "The hateful rhetoric we are seeing must stop, starting at the top levels of government."

"(There will) never be enough weapons to arm every synagogue, mosque or other place of worship," added U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, whose great uncle was gassed at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

July 25, 2018 In The News

U.S. House of Representatives member and University of Oregon alumna Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR 1st District, met with eight professors and researchers in the College of Education last Friday afternoon for a roundtable discussion.

The discussion focused on research being done by UO faculty to improve safety in high schools. The research, which is in part funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, encompasses a variety of different proposals for improving the safety and wellbeing of high school students.

July 17, 2018 In The News

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said today that he has joined his senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure gun dealers are not engaging in illegal sales and provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with clear enforcement mechanisms.

“Gun violence deserves more than just thoughts and prayers, it demands real action by Congress,” Wyden said. “This legislation takes a long-overdue critical step in the right direction, holding gun dealers accountable for illegal sales, reducing the number of guns that fall into the wrong hands.”

May 24, 2018 In The News

School districts across the United States are desperately looking for ways to keep students safe after school shootings that have left millions of students, teachers and other staff afraid they could be next.

In Schuylkill County, Pa., classrooms in the Blue Mountain School Districthave five-gallon buckets of river stone that students can throw if a gunman comes through the door.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [05/22/18] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the House Education Committee, questioned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during the Secretary’s first appearance in front of the Committee, 16 months after taking office.

May 22, 2018 In The News

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that urgent action is needed to keep students safe following last week’s school shooting in Texas — but added that local and state governments bear the brunt of responsibility for campus safety.

“We must ensure our children are safe at school. This administration is committed to keeping our nation’s students and teachers safe at school,” DeVos told the House Education Committee.

April 24, 2018 In The News

Confronting a nationwide epidemic of school violence and decades of inaction from lawmakers, the Vernon Elementary School choir made a prediction — or maybe a promise.

"The times they are a-changin," they sang.

Facing the stage in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the crowd of thousands raised their hands in the v-shaped peace sign, their heads bobbing along to the old Bob Dylan tune.

"The students here are going to take over the world," said retiree Colin Persichetti of Southwest Portland. "I'm looking to them to get this country out of the hole it's in."

March 30, 2018 In The News

Guns and safety headlined a town hall Thursday with U.S. Rep Suzanne Bonamici at Astoria High School.

A small crowd turned out for the discussion, the congresswoman’s sixth this month during a spring tour of her district in Northwest Oregon. She started out thanking Astoria sophomores Isabel Talley and Kegan Rascoe, who handed her a stack of 78 signed form letters from students and staff calling for more federal funding to improve school safety.