Tedra Cobb (NY-21) Issue Statement

Tedra Cobb is committed to maintaining an individual’s access to firearms for safe hunting and personal protection, while working to minimize gun violence, an escalating public health crisis. She calls on Congress to reject partisanship and address the issue with reason, integrity and cooperation.

By working together, we can ensure public health and safety while maintaining the freedoms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.

Congress has a moral and legal obligation to institute gun-related policies that protect the people.

We must reject partisanship and approach discussions about gun rights and public safety with sensitivity, objectivity and pragmatism.

Fully fund and allow the Centers for Disease Control to research causes of and solutions to gun violence.

Implement effective universal background checks for all gun sales, whether at gun shows, via the internet or at retailers.

Ban bump stocks and all other modifications that make a firearm fully automatic.

Expand protections under domestic violence statutes for domestic partners and victims of stalking.

Prohibit people who have committed hate crimes and/or who are on the terror watch list from purchasing guns.

Increase mental health service screenings to make sure questions are asked to determine whether those at risk of self-harm or harming others have access to firearms.

Revoke conceal-and-carry reciprocity that allows persons with permits from states with looser laws from carrying a firearm in states with stronger laws, like New York.

Increase funding and support for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

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Repeal the Tiahart Amendment, which requires that ATF gun traces be performed on paper, effectively making them useless in prevention of trafficking, and prohibits the ATF from requiring gun dealers to perform regular inventory checks.

Support campaign finance reforms that prevent organizations from bribing their representatives with campaign dollars.

Reject the idea of arming teachers in public schools.

Require gun safety courses and exams before issuing a license to purchase any gun.
— https://www.tedracobb.com/issues/addressing-gun-violence/

Andrew Romanoff (CO-Sen) Issue Statement

Over the last 25 years, I’ve met too many people all across Colorado who have lost loved ones to gun violence. My family joined that grim list in 2015.

We’re not alone. Gun violence claims the lives of more than 100 Americans each day, most by suicide. Gun violence is now the second leading cause of death among children—giving the U.S. the highest known rate in the world.

We’re making some progress in Colorado. In 2019 the state authorized judges to issue extreme risk protection orders in order to keep weapons from individuals who pose a significant danger to themselves or others.

Such “red flag” laws reduce death tolls and comport with the Constitution. My colleagues and I at Mental Health Colorado teamed up with law-enforcement leaders and gun-safety advocates to advance this proposal.

No such progress seems possible in Washington. Despite the daily drumbeat of gun violence, the gun lobby continues to block even modest reforms.

Enough is enough. We can and must take common-sense steps to save lives.

Here’s how:

Require background checks and waiting periods on all gun sales.

Strengthen the enforcement of existing gun laws, including the ban on straw purchases and bump stocks.

Equip the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives with the resources it needs to carry out its proper mission.

Impose an effective ban on the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Limit bulk gun purchases.

Fund federal research on gun violence prevention.

Extend the prohibition on gun sales to abusive partners and those convicted of stalking offenses.

End legal immunity for the gun industry.

Promote safe-storage requirements.

Fund local, evidence-based strategies to prevent gun violence.
— https://andrewromanoff.com/priority/prevent-gun-violence/