While the country continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to face another public health emergency. Gun violence is an ongoing crisis that has been both overshadowed and exacerbated by the pandemic. While we won’t know the true impact of COVID-19 on gun injuries and fatalities for some time, early indications suggest that the data will be incredibly troubling.
The 117th Congress has the opportunity to address the epidemic of gun violence by advancing urgently-needed firearms regulations that will save lives and help keep our communities safe.
In addition to meaningful agency directives and executive actions we hope to see from the Biden administration, we recommend the following legislative actions:
- Require universal background checks on every firearm sale
- Eliminate default proceed sales of firearms
- Implement extreme risk laws
- Fund community violence prevention programs
- Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- Support lethal means safety counseling
- Fund gun violence research and improve data infrastructure
- Prohibit the manufacture, purchase or possession of “ghost guns”
- Pass the Justice in Policing Act
- Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)
For more details on how the 117th Congress can implement these changes, please view our full list of federal gun violence prevention policy recommendations.