Our country’s gun violence epidemic is a national public health emergency, and Joe is fighting for bold reforms to save lives. He has called for an urgent national crisis response not just to the horrifying regularity of mass shootings, but to the everyday impacts and trauma of violence in neighborhoods across the country.
Joe advocates for common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence, supported by a majority of Americans. That includes raising the standards for responsible gun ownership through robust background checks, a national licensing system, raising the age limit for gun purchases to 21, and closing the gun show loophole. He has fought to hold gun manufacturers and distributors accountable for gun violence, standing up in Congress against gun lobby efforts to limit their liability. He introduced legislation with his colleagues in Massachusetts to encourage states to adopt strict licensing requirements for both gun dealers and owners, as well as involve local law enforcement through the process to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands.
Joe believes weapons of war have no place on our streets, and supports banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He has been a strong advocate in Congress for investments in gun violence research, suicide prevention efforts, and mental health programs to help those who need them. Joe is a vocal proponent of Red Flag laws that disarm gun owners who pose a threat to themselves or others, as well as initiatives to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and those convicted of hate crimes.