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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

March 21, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement about the recently released government funding bill, which includes increased investments in Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants that support well-rounded education programs.
March 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood in solidarity with students participating in the National School Walkout to protest gun violence.
March 12, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici says student safety will be enhanced by a combination of restrictions on firearms, increased access to counseling and improved security in schools.

The Oregon Democrat was asked about the issue four times during an hourlong town hall meeting Saturday, March 10, at Conestoga Middle School in Beaverton.

"There are a lot of things we can do, rather than saying that kids have to go to schools wearing bulletproof vests," she said to an audience of about 80. "They are already in fear right now."

March 2, 2018 In The News

A Hillsboro activist group against gun violence has seen an upswell in new members in the weeks since the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead.

The Hillsboro chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America had to move its monthly meeting on Friday, after more than 100 people RSVP'd to attend it.

March 2, 2018 In The News

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici met with gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action in Hillsboro Friday.

The group has been especially active since the deadly school shooting in Florida last month. MAD is a nation-wide organization with several Oregon chapters.

March 2, 2018 In The News

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A local group called Moms Demand Action says their mission is to start a conversation and figure out how to protect children.

One of the organizers said initially only about five people were expected at a pre-planned meeting. But on Friday, about 100 people showed up.

That number spiked after the recent school shooting in Florida that left 17 kids and staff dead.

Sharri Anderson knows, what it’s like to fear for her child’s safety. She said four years ago, her daughter had a lockdown at her high school.

February 23, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, says there should be comprehensive gun control legislation, starting with universal background checks and closing the “gun show loophole.”

February 22, 2018 In The News

The school shooting that left 17 dead last week in Parkland, Florida sparked familiar feelings for many Americans: dread, outrage, futility.

Many asked what lawmakers could and would do to keep people safe from shooting rampages.

The Oregonian/OregonLive asked each of Oregon's members of Congress what they think should be done to prevent mass shootings and what specific policies they would support. Among their suggestions: Allow research on gun violence, ban bump stocks and institute universal background checks.

Responses are below, in alphabetical order.