Putting an End to America’s Gun Violence
As a former Army Ranger, Senator Reed has great respect for firearms, firearms education and training, and responsible gun ownership.
Yet, as America continues to experience horrific and senseless gun violence and mass-shootings, Senator Reed believes our nation must do much more to reduce gun violence. He supports improving background checks, cracking down on gun trafficking, and passing practical gun safety laws that would make our communities safer.
Senator Reed has authored legislation to close loopholes that allow potentially dangerous people, such as convicted felons and individuals with a history of severe mental instability, to purchase firearms. He also supports the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Over the years, Reed has introduced or cosponsored legislation to close loopholes in our background check system and make it illegal for those on the FBI terror watch list to buy a gun, and successfully ended the ban on gun violence research at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).