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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.


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.


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.

More on Gun Violence Prevention

March 11, 2021 Press Release
Today the House is taking decisive action that can save lives.
March 3, 2021 Press Release
As we strive to reckon with our country’s long history of systemic racism, too often we continue to witness horrific acts of police brutality and violence against Black people and others.
June 8, 2020 Press Release
People in Oregon and around the country are marching in the streets and demanding change to a law enforcement culture that has led to the inhumane treatment and deaths of Black people and people of color.
September 8, 2019 In The News

Oregon Democratic Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici talks gun laws, student loan debt, climate change, making childcare affordable, and more about her top priorities in Congress after the Augest recess.

September 4, 2019 In The News

BEAVERTON — About 20 people gathered at Beaverton City Park Aug. 7 to call for fast action on gun safety legislation in light of recent mass shootings. Members of Holy Trinity Parish's Social Justice Committee came to show their support.

Among them was Eileen Brennan. “Catholic social teaching is clear about the importance of human life and of settling conflicts peacefully,” Brennan said. “Improved gun control is a clear path to reduction of death by gun violence in the U.S.”

August 7, 2019 In The News

Addressing the gathering of advocates from groups including Indivisible and Moms Demand Action, Blumenauer spoke about gun safety in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which together killed 31 people this weekend.

August 4, 2019 Press Release

BEAVERTON, OR [8/4/2019] - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement after gun violence over the weekend claimed dozens of lives in Texas and Ohio and across the country, including Portland State University student Deante Strickland. Dozens more were injured. 

August 4, 2019 In The News

Anti-gun violence activists in Oregon have announced a signature-gathering training session for their planned ballot measure in response to the two mass shootings in the country over the weekend.

The training will take place Sunday afternoon in North Portland. The measure, which includes firearm storage and other requirements, is aimed for the November 2020 general election ballot.

August 4, 2019 In The News

The horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have reignited the gun debate in America. The topic was front and center Sunday at Democratic Senator Ron Wyden's planned town hall in Beaverton.

"When it comes to gun violence, which, of course, has hit Oregon too often, Oregonians are tired of meaningless words. What they want is meaningful action," Wyden said. "And it all has to start on the floor of the United States Senate. And that’s what I’m going to be pushing for."

August 4, 2019 In The News

Lawmakers here in Oregon have been responding to this weekend’s shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. 

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley posted on Twitter about El Paso’s shooting, saying, “Another day, another mass shooting in America. This time, El Paso is reeling from the terror of a heinous crime. This is tragic and it will happen again and again until we come to our senses and do something real about gun violence in our country.”

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici also issued a statement calling gun violence “a preventable and deeply disturbing American tragedy.”