Gun Control

I understand that keeping our neighborhoods safe is important to you, and it's a priority for me as your Representative in Congress. Keeping firearms out of the hands of individuals who shouldn't have them, and making sure our families are safe no matter where they go is one critical step toward achieving that goal. 

Ensuring Guns Stay Out of the Wrong Hands

Sadly, gun violence has become a constant in American life. While increased prevention, education, and enforcement must be part of our overall strategy, I believe that keeping guns out of the hands of criminals is essential to reducing the incidence of gun violence. I have consistently supported bills that would provide key safety provisions, such as requiring background checks for buyers at gun shows; requiring safety locks on or storage of all handguns; banning the importation of large ammunition clips; and increasing the minimum age for handgun purchases.

The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act

Together with Representatives Maloney, Rigell, and Meehan, I introduced H.R. 452, The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, in the 113th Congress. This legislation—the first bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation introduced in the House—would prohibit firearms trafficking, strengthen penalties for straw purchasers, and enhance penalties for kingpins and multiple illegal purchases. H.R. 452 now has more than 100 bipartisan co-sponsors. 

While I recognize the rights of law-abiding citizens, I believe it is my obligation to ensure that our nation's communities are safe from the threat of gun violence. For this reason, I will continue to fight for responsible and appropriate gun control legislation, including provisions that limit access to firearms for individuals with criminal backgrounds or mental impairment. 

Further, I commend the President and Vice President for taking strong, common-sense steps to curb gun violence in our communities and look forward to working on legislation to strengthen gun control. While I recognize the rights of law-abiding citizens, I believe it is my obligation to ensure that our nation's communities are safe from the threat of gun violence. For this reason, I will continue to fight for responsible and appropriate gun control legislation, including provisions to limit those with criminal backgrounds or mental impairment from obtaining weapons.

More on Gun Control

February 15, 2018 Press Release

Baltimore, MD (February 15, 2018)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement in response to the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead and 15 injured:

June 29, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2016) – Today, Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) marked the National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore. The Representatives were joined by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, survivors of gun violence, families of victims, and faith leaders. 

June 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2016)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement after joining House Democrats to stage a sit-in against congressional inaction on gun violence:  

“Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of gun violence. In some states, firearms take more lives than car accidents.

“The American people are fed up with inaction and so am I. It is time for House Republicans to treat gun violence like the scourge on our country that it is. 

January 5, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2016) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement lauding President Obama’s announcement of executive actions to expand criminal background checks to prevent gun violence in America: 

September 9, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC (September 9, 2015)—Today, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), Patrick Meehan (R-Pennsylvania), Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), Peter T. King (R- New York), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania), Robin Kelly (D-Illinois), Dan Donovan (R- New York), and Tammy Duckworth (D- Illinois) are re-introducing a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and impose stronger penalties for “straw purchasers” who buy guns for convicted felons and others who are prohibited from buying guns on their own.
August 1, 2013 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

Washington, D.C. (August 1, 2013) -- Today, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (both D-MD) introduced the Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2013, legislation that directs the Attorney General to make competitive grants to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang related crimes, or organized crime.

April 25, 2013 Articles and Columns

After my nephew Christopher was shot and murdered in a home invasion, I mourned the loss of his young and precious life and committed myself to doing everything in my power to make sure that these tragedies would be halted.

 Yet, I must acknowledge that two years after Christopher’s death, my passion was beginning to weaken. To my dismay, I realized that the horror and loss that my family had experienced was starting to become an intellectualized abstraction.

March 25, 2013 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C. (March 25, 2013)—Today, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, joined Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Scott Rigell (R-VA) in announcing that more than 100 Members of the House of Representatives from both political parties have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 452, The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013.

December 5, 2011 Articles and Columns
It was only when my nephew, Christopher Cummings, an honor student at Old Dominion University, was killed in a home invasion and double shooting last June that I began to fully understand the relentless pain that the families of crime victims experience.