Chairman Mike Thompson and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force urge Congress to:

  • Support the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

  • Support citizens' rights to possess firearms for hunting, shooting sports, defense, and other lawful and legitimate purposes.

  • Reinstate and strengthen a prospective federal ban on assault weapons.

  • Reinstate a prospective federal ban on assault magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

  • Require a background check for every gun sale, while respecting reasonable exceptions for cases such as gifts between family members and temporary loans for sporting purposes.

  • Strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database.

  • Prosecute those prohibited buyers who attempt to purchase firearms and others who violate federal firearm laws.

  • Pass legislation aimed specifically at cracking down on illegal gun trafficking and straw-purchasing.

  • Restore funding for public safety and law enforcement initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence.

  • Support initiatives that prevent problems before they start: Local communities should have assistance in applying evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies that are designed to prevent the problems that lead to gun violence before those problems start.

  • Close the holes in our mental-health system and make sure that care is available for those who need it.

  • Help our communities get unwanted and illegal guns out of the hands of those who don't want them or shouldn't have them.

  • Support responsible gun ownership, safety training, research aimed at developing new gun safety technologies and the safe storage of firearms.

  • Take steps to enhance school safety.

  • Address our culture's glorification of violence seen and heard though our movie screens, television shows, music and video games.