Preventing Gun Violence

Rep. DeGette, whose district includes Columbine High School, has been an outspoken advocate for enacting new commonsense gun safety measures to help protect our communities. She is a member of the House’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and, in February 2019, introduced legislation to ban high-capacity gun magazines, which the House Judiciary Committee approved in September.

Banning High-Capacity Gun Magazines

Rep. DeGette is a lead sponsor of the Keep Americans Safe Act to reinstate the nation’s ban on the sale, transfer or possession of high-capacity gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The legislation seeks to address a common thread found in some of the nation’s most high-profile mass shootings, which is the use of high-capacity magazines that enable a shooter to fire dozens of rounds without having to stop and reload. In addition to banning the sale of high-capacity magazines, it would also make federal funds available to buy back large-capacity magazines that already legally owned.

The federal government acted to ban high-capacity magazines in 1994. That ban, however, expired in 2004 and has not yet been reinstated by Congress. There’s a growing amount of evidence that suggests reinstating the ban would be one of the most effective ways to help protect our communities from the threat of gun violence.

The legislation DeGette introduced to reinstate the ban on such magazines was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in 2019 and is now awaiting a vote on by the full House. 

Read more about DeGette’s legislation here.

Enhancing Background Checks 

In addition banning the sale of high-capacity gun magazines, Rep. DeGette sponsored legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of those who will do us harm.

The Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act are two critical pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening our nation’s system of background checks. Both bills were approved by the House in February 2019 and are now awaiting action in the Senate. 

Getting Assault Weapons Off Our Streets

In order to keep our communities safe, Rep. DeGette sponsored legislation to ban the sale, manufacture or possession of any new military-style assault weapons.

The legislation – known as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 – seeks to ban military-style assault weapons that have been used in some of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings. 

More on Preventing Gun Violence

Aug 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of U.S. lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, which both passed the House in February. 

Mar 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, as the survivors of the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida continue to advocate for common-sense gun safety, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Ranking Member on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, joined all fellow Energy and Commerce Democrats in sending a letter to Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) urging him to hold hearings as soon as possible to address gun violence in America.