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Gun Violence

Congress has a moral responsibility to enact universal background checks, ban assault weapons, allow research on gun violence, keep guns out of the hands of potential terrorists, and hold gun manufacturers accountable for crimes committed with their weapons. Rosa also believes that we must improve our mental health care system, provide additional mental health resources, and fund mental health programs sufficiently, so that people get the help they need.

Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the House of Representatives, Rosa remains committed to working with other Members of Congress, mental health experts, law enforcement organizations, teachers, gun owners, and others to pursue a comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence and strengthening our nation’s laws.

Research on Gun Violence

At a time when the American Medical Association has called gun violence in the U.S. a ‘public health crisis,’ research has the potential to save lives by unlocking the capabilities of one of our government’s great research institutions. However, this research is currently banned by Congress. Rosa believes that if we research other public health risks—cigarettes, auto accidents, and addiction—in order to curb the damage they do to our society, we should research gun violence as well. Even Jay Dickey – the former Republican Congressman who led efforts to ban federal research – agrees, ‘Doing nothing is no longer an acceptable solution.’ Now is the time for Congress to act.

SAFER Streets Act

Currently, gun buyback programs operate around the country with the intention of reducing the number of assault weapons. However, gun buyback programs are administered at the local level, and with states continuing to face budget cuts, funding these programs is becoming more difficult. In order to better succeed in getting these military-style guns off the street, Rosa introduced the SAFER Streets Act, which would incentivize owners of assault weapons to turn in their weapons by offering a $2,000 tax credit for two years to an individual who voluntarily turns in their assault weapon to state police.

More on Gun Violence

January 30, 2020 Press Release
I am proud to join Senator Warren and Congressman Johnson on this comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. Enough is enough.
December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the House passed her FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Appropriations bill by a vote of 297-120.

December 16, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after securing $25 million in gun violence prevention research funding in this year’s Labor-HHS-Education funding bill.
December 13, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement ahead of the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
November 12, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit by survivors and relatives of those killed in the Sandy Hook shooting against Remington Arms to move forward.
September 19, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after Colt Manufacturing announced it was suspending production of the AR-15 rifle for civilians.
August 4, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement on the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
The House today passed, on a 226 to 203 vote, a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. The package consists of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
June 12, 2019 Press Release

(As prepared for delivery)

I rise to speak about the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bill for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.

To start, let me recognize the ranking member, Tom Cole, for his work on this bill. We have worked closely together over the years because of the mutual respect that we have for one another. While we have differences of opinion, we have the same values about the scope of these programs and who it ought to be benefiting.

May 21, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) introduced Ethan’s Law—safe gun storage legislation in memory of Ethan Song—in the House of Representatives.