Gun Violence Prevention

I have always believed that reasonable measures that reduce gun violence and keep firearms out of the wrong hands are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have tried to advance commonsense reforms that protect our communities from harm while still allowing responsible, law-abiding citizens to own and use guns. Our current laws are failing us, and I refuse to believe that this issue is too complicated or too politically divisive to be addressed comprehensively and effectively.

As a Vice Chair of the House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have helped lead the effort within Congress to help prevent tragedies from recurring. The Task Force's proposal calls for a reinstatement of federal bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks on gun sales, and expanded support for mental health services. The proposal also encourages the expansion of critical law enforcement activities to reduce gun violence--such as local gun buy-back programs--and removing misguided restrictions on research into the causes of gun violence in our communities.

On the Appropriations Committee, I have led efforts to eliminate the federal ban on funding for gun violence research, which has been in place for decades. I strongly believe that this ban is outdated and misguided, and that academic research could provide important insights that could help reduce the impact of gun violence.

In an effort to jump-start consideration of comprehensive reforms, Democrats in Congress have also introduced several stand-alone bills to strengthen and improve our nation's gun laws. Among other measures, I am a cosponsor of legislation to expand background checks and close the "gun show loophole" that allows as many as 40 percent of all guns sold in the United States to change hands without proper screening; legislation to repeal the so-called "Tiahrt restrictions" that prevent federal agencies from enforcing anti-gun trafficking laws; and legislation that would impose stricter penalties on gun dealers who skirt the law.

These bills represent sensible–and in some cases, bipartisan–reforms that would have a measurable impact on the safety of our schools and communities without preventing law-abiding citizens from using guns for self defense or recreational purposes. President Obama has made clear that achieving progress on this issue is a priority for his second term; it is now up to Congress to fulfill its responsibilities and pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence.









More on Gun Violence Prevention

September 7, 2020 Press Release

(Chapel Hill, NC) September 7, 2020 – Today, Congressman Price (NC-04) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) $2.2 million through the new Firearm Injury Surveillance Through Emergency Rooms (FASTER) program.

December 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 3, 2019) - On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Congressman David Price (NC-04) released a statement following a letter he led with 100+ Democrats to House and Senate leadership requesting $50 million for the federal government to study gun violence in the final version of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill.

April 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2019) - On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Congressman David Price (NC-04) released a statement following the inclusion of $50 million for the federal government to study gun violence in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) fiscal year 2020 draft appropriations bill.

March 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (February 28, 2019) – Congressman David Price (D-NC) released a statement following the passage of a H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. Congressman Price is a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and presided over the U.S. House of Representatives as Speaker Pro Tempore during today’s debate on this significant reform.


October 29, 2018 Press Release

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 29, 2018) - On Monday, October 29, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) released the following statement on the deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

May 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (May 17, 2018) – On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-NC) released the following statement after his amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY19 Appropriations bill was approved by the committee as part of the bipartisan “manager’s amendment.” The language authored by Rep.

February 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC) joined Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), and more than 150 colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in introducing the ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2018’. Congressman Price is a Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives. The full text of the bill can be found here.