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Gun Violence Prevention

The seemingly endless list of mass shootings and the stunning number of daily gun deaths in the United States should warrant immediate action by our government including instituting universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and limiting high capacity magazines.

  • Congressman Pallone has cosponsored measures in Congress that would increase spending for the National Instant Criminal Background System, establish a Select Committee on Gun Violence Prevention, and prevent the sale of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
  • Congressman Pallone has cosponsored the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, which would expand the existing background check system to cover all commercial firearm sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet or in classified ads while providing reasonable exceptions for family and friend transfers.

More on Gun Violence Prevention

November 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today in New Brunswick, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., joined New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, law enforcement and gun safety advocates to announce new legislation in Congress to prevent the manufacturing of 3-D firearms. The bill would prohibit the sale, manufacturing, import or marketing of incomplete firearm FRAMES, as well as certain gun parts kits.

July 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that he will be introducing the “3-D Firearms Prohibition Act”, which will outlaw the production of 3-D Firearms. The Brady Campaign has called 3-D printed firearms “untraceable” and there are currently countless online blueprints for 3-D guns.

May 31, 2018 Press Release

New Brunswick, NJ — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahler and state and local officials called on Congress to act on common sense solutions to reduce gun violence. In April, Watson Coleman introduced the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2018, with Pallone as an original cosponsor.

March 5, 2018 Press Release

Long Branch, N.J. – Today at Asbury Park High School, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) met with students, administration and advocates to discuss the gun violence epidemic facing our communities every day. According to the Center for Disease Control, New Jersey had 475 firearm deaths in 2015. Just last week, 10-year old Yovanni Banos-Merino was tragically shot outside his home in Asbury Park.

October 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued this statement after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas last night.


“I am devastated and horrified by the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas last night. This senseless act is abhorrent and contrary to the principles that we hold dear. I know that all Americans will stand with the victims, their families and the entire city of Las Vegas during this difficult time. 


January 5, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) made the following statement on President Obama’s Executive Order to require small-scale gun sellers to get federal licenses, among other provisions:

November 25, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement after a St. Louis County Grand Jury announced it will not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in August:

August 21, 2013 Press Release

Calls on House Republicans to Vote on Bipartisan Bill Expanding Criminal Background Checks

New Brunswick, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone joined with community activists today outside of his New Brunswick office to rally for Congress to act on common sense solutions to reduce gun violence and make our schools, communities and streets safer. Themed “No More Birthday Cake,” Pallone and supporters presented a cake as a powerful symbol of lives lost and the positive steps we can take to make sure we don't lose more birthdays at the hands of gun violence.

August 1, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), top Democrat of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health joined with the Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Democrat, Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-33), to introduce new legislation, "The Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Act of 2013."  The bill will protect American children and their families from the epidemic of gun violence by banning access to certain weapons, strengthening the nation's mental health infrastructure, and improving the understanding of gun violence.

July 14, 2013 Press Release

LONG BRANCH, NJ—Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today released the following statement in response to the not guilty verdict announced last night in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of killing teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida:

“The not guilty verdict handed down in the murder trial of George Zimmerman marks a heartbreaking chapter in our nation’s criminal justice system.  Nothing can take away the profound sadness of Trayvon’s family for having lost their loved one, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.