Gun Control

Tulsi has a consistent record of advocating for sensible gun control.

Tulsi has a consistent record of advocating for sensible gun control. She has long called for reinstating a federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines, requiring comprehensive pre-purchase background checks, closing the gun-show loophole, and making sure that terrorists are not allowed to buy guns. Tulsi has an F-rating from the NRA, a 0% rating by the Hawaii Rifle Association, and a 100% rating by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. She is focused on building bipartisan solutions that can actually be passed into law, rather than using the issue as a partisan political football. 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Gun Control Measures


Tulsi Gabbard on Gun Control Measures

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.R. 5087, The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, which would regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons.

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.Res. 367 to Establish the Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention (2017). This resolution establishes the House Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention to investigate and report on:

  • the causes of mass shootings,
  • methods to improve the federal firearms purchaser background check system,
  • connections between access to firearms and dangerously mentally ill individuals,
  • strengthening federal penalties for trafficking and straw purchasing of firearms,
  • closing loopholes that allow some domestic abusers continued access to firearms,
  • linkages between firearms and suicide,
  • gun violence's effect on public health,
  • the correlation between state gun violence prevention laws and the incidence of gun violence,
  • the importance of having reliable and accurate information on gun violence and its toll on our nation,
  • the implementation of effective gun violence prevention laws in accordance with the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and
  • rates of gun violence in large metropolitan areas.

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.R. 3947, The Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act (2017), which makes it illegal for any person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a trigger crank, a bump-fire device, or any accessory that is designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.R.3999 (2017). This bill amends Title 18 of the United States Code to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle, but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.R. 2670, The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (2017), which would protect more victims of domestic violence by preventing their abusers from possessing or receiving firearms.

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.Res. 370 to Amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that a standing committee hearing be held whenever there is a moment of silence in the House for a tragedy involving gun violence (2017). This resolution would also require the Speaker, whenever a moment of silence related to a tragedy in the United States or its territories involving gun violence occurs on the floor of the House, to announce on the next legislative day the standing committee or subcommittee designated to hold a hearing on the event.

Tulsi is a cosponsor of H.R.4365, The Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act (2017). The bill requires the prompt reporting for national instant criminal background check system purposes of members of the Armed Forces convicted of domestic violence offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Tulsi voted against H.R.38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow individuals to carry a concealed handgun into another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. The bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Tulsi voted against H.J.Res.40 (2017) to provide for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5 of the United States Code of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. This joint resolution nullifies the "Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007" rule finalized by the Social Security Administration on December 19, 2016. The rule implements a plan to provide to the National Instant Criminal History Background Check System the name of an individual who meets certain criteria, including that benefit payments are made through a representative payee because the individual is determined to be mentally incapable of managing them.