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.