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Issue Position: Gun Violence Prevention

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Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six have taken place since 2007.

Congressman Pallone supports sensible gun safety measures that will get guns out of the hands of criminals and prevent tragedies from gun violence.

Assault Weapons Ban

Congressman Pallone voted for the original Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 1994 and supports the reinstatement of the ban, which expired in September 2004. The ban would stem gun violence by restricting access to dangerous military-style assault weapons, which are not needed for hunting or protecting a home.

Ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines

Congressman Pallone co-sponsored the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, which would prohibit the manufacturing of high-capacity magazines (extended clips). This would limit the number of shots that may be fired by a gunman and aims to prevent more mass killings such as the ones that took place in Aurora, Tucson and Newtown.

Closing the Gun Show Loophole

Because of a loophole, buyers may purchase firearms at gunshows, online or person-to-person from unlicensed gun sellers without going through background checks. Currently, nearly 6.5 million guns are sold each year in the U.S. by unlicensed "private sellers," meaning between 40% and 50% of gun sales may take place with no background check for the buyer.

Congressman Pallone supports closing the loophole, and co-sponsored the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013, to make sure everyone purchasing a gun goes through a proper background check so guns do not get into the hands of the wrong people.


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