Representative Madeleine Dean

Representing the 4th District of Pennsylvania

Gun Violence Prevention

Gun violence rates in America are hundreds of times higher than in other industrialized countries – and it’s time we change that.

Rep. Dean supports legislation to require universal background checks and close the Charleston loophole. She also knows that we can do much more to prevent gun violence from amplifying the already-tragic consequences of domestic violence. Finally, Rep. Dean is working to bring down America’s suicide rate; within her first two months in office, she wrote an amendment to allow people at risk of suicide to temporarily transfer their firearms to another person during a crisis – legislation that passed the House.

Basic gun safety legislation isn’t a radical idea. In fact, background checks are supported by more than 90 percent of the American people – and 83 percent of gun owners. These measures are perfectly compatible with the Second Amendment – and they save lives.

More on Gun Violence Prevention

February 28, 2019 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House passed a bill to close the Charleston loophole. Currently, federal law permits gun sales to proceed if the purchaser’s background check hasn’t cleared in three days. H.R. 1112 – which passed by a vote of 228 – 198 – will allow law enforcement additional time to investigate would-be gun owners who don’t pass an initial background check.

January 27, 2019 In The News