Gun Violence Prevention

Gun violence rates in America are hundreds of times higher than in other industrialized countries and it’s time we must work immediately to change that. To that effect, Rep. Dean’s very first in congress bill the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act addresses a new danger: plastic guns that are undetectable to metal detectors or other detection devices. 

Additionally, Rep. Dean has been integral to the House passage of several life-saving bills, including H.R. 8, which would require universal background checks, and H.R. 1446, which would close the Charleston loophole. Unfortunately, the Senate has yet to act on this legislation.

And to ensure guns do not end up in the wrong hands, Rep. Dean has worked to improve The National Instant Check System, known as NICS. Currently, NICS only allows 3 days for gun purchase eligibility checks. To allow for more time for proper vetting, she introduced The Background Check Point of Contact Act of 2021. This legislation allows the state 10 days to investigate a person's eligibility to buy a gun. And, if after 10 days eligibility cannot be determined, the system defaults to denying the gun purchase.