While Rep. Eshoo respects the rights of hunters and lawful gun enthusiasts, she believes responsible gun control is vital to curbing crime. She shares this view with the majority of law enforcement.
As an original cosponsor of the Brady Bill, which required background checks for gun purchases, and as a supporter of the Assault Weapons ban, Rep. Eshoo has consistently voted for measures which protect the public from crime and safeguard the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens to own firearms.
Rep. Eshoo believes there is no sound public policy reason for repealing the assault weapons ban and was disappointed when President Bush allowed the ban to expire in September of 2004, despite a campaign promise that he would work toward its extension. She is currently a cosponsor of H.R. 1312, the Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act, which would reinstate the assault weapons ban.