Our gun violence epidemic has gone too far. Too many lives have been lost and it’s time for our elected leaders to step up and take action.
Senator Markey is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our family, friends, and neighbors in Massachusetts, advocating for common sense gun legislation to prevent violence in our communities. He is a fierce advocate for universal background checks, banning assault weapons, making gun trafficking a federal crime, prohibiting high capacity ammunition magazines, and closing the loopholes surrounding the creation of undetectable, plastic guns.
In December, Senator Markey secured $25 million in CDC funding to go toward gun violence research. This is an important first step in helping us address an epidemic that takes 100 lives every single day.
Massachusetts has one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation, and some of the most comprehensive gun licensing laws in the country. With that in mind, Senator Markey introduced the Making America Safe and Secure (MASS) Act, legislation that would incentivize states to adopt gun-licensing standards similar to those proven effective in Massachusetts.
In 1994, Ed identified a deadly loophole enabling cheap Chinese semi-automatic assault weapons to flood into the United States. He urged President Clinton to place an emergency moratorium on the importation of these military style assault weapons from China, including the SKS, MAK-90 and other similar weapons.
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Senator Markey also recognizes the threat of 3D technology when it comes to firearm manufacturing. That’s why he introduced legislation to prohibit the online distribution of blueprints and instructions that allow for the three dimensional printing of firearms. The production of plastic 3D guns and the increasing availability of 3D printers means that unlicensed individuals, including domestic abusers, have the ability to manufacture their own weapons.
Ed is committed to fighting for comprehensive gun legislation in the United States Senate so that no child has to walk the halls of their school and fear for their life.