My Position on Gun Safety
Prioritizing Bipartisan, Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
As a former federal law enforcement agent who carried a firearm for her job every day, Rep. Spanberger understands the training and qualification requirements needed to responsibly carry a firearm.
After too many gun-related tragedies across the United States — including in our schools, our businesses, and our places of worship — Rep. Spanberger believes that we are long overdue for effective, bipartisan gun safety reforms in the United States. That’s why she helped move the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act across the finish line in 2022 to close background check loopholes, invest in mental health resources, and encourage more states to adopt red flag laws.
To keep families, neighborhoods, businesses, and schools safe, Rep. Spanberger supports measures that would make sure a standard federal background check process is applied to all firearm purchases, allow family members and law enforcement officials to temporarily keep firearms out of the hands of those who may be an immediate danger to themselves and others, and fund nonpartisan public health research of gun-related violence and deaths by suicide.
Additionally, Rep. Spanberger supports reinstating the federal Assault Weapons Ban that was in place from 1994 and 2004 — which dramatically reduced the number of gun massacres in America. She has also voted to crack down on “ghost guns,” set federal standards for safe gun storage, raise the federal age to purchase certain assault-style rifles to 21, and prevent illegal gun trafficking.