More than 30,000 lives are claimed by gun violence in the United States every year. The Congresswoman believes it is past time that we take action together to prevent gun violence from taking the life of more victims. Congresswoman Matsui has advocated for common sense solutions like strengthening background checks and increasing gun safety research, to promote responsible gun ownership and keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

She has repeatedly stood with House Democrats in calling for legislation that ensures that criminals cannot bypass a background check by simply going online or to a gun show. And, she has been a part of efforts to secure a vote on bipartisan legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

The Congresswoman also strongly believes that to tackle the crippling effects of gun violence on our communities, we need to research it as a public health epidemic. The Congresswoman supported the establishment of a Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus, which will be tasked with providing scientific evidence for more effective firearm violence prevention policies and programs. Congresswoman Matsui also cosponsored legislation that would authorize the appropriation of funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.

Congresswoman Matsui is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, which is led by Congressman Mike Thompson.