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.

The House has passed several life-saving bills, including H.R. 8, which would require universal background checks, and H.R. 1112, which would close the Charleston loophole. Unfortunately, the Senate has yet to act on this legislation.

Rep Dean 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.

Rep. Dean’s own first bill – H.R. 869, the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Actaddresses a new danger: plastic guns that are undetectable to metal detectors or other detection devices. Rep. Dean’s legislation will prohibit the possession of any firearm that is undetectable by airport-level detection devices; the bill also requires any firearm with all of its major components attached to generate a gun-shaped image in the detection systems.

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 compatible with the Second Amendment – and they save lives.


More on Gun Violence Prevention

April 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, President Biden will announce new actions to respond to the increase in gun violence and to tackle gun violence and advance safety. The following actions are included:

March 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON Rep. Dean reintroduced H.R. 1477, the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, to address recent developments in technology that have given rise to plastic guns that are undetectable to metal detectors or other detection devices. These technologies have generated fear that insitigators may attempt to use undetectable firearms to circumvent security systems and inflict harm. 

January 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON This week, Congresswoman Dean was re-appointed to the House Financial Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. The Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over America’s housing and financial services sectors, including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. While the Judiciary Committee focuses on justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies.

October 21, 2020 Press Release

Blue Bell, PA – Last night, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) hosted her very first drive-in town hall at the Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell Campus. The drive-in town hall was an opportunity for constituents to safely connect with Congresswoman Dean. Topics included the COVID-19 relief and vaccine, the opioid crisis, climate change, the economy, and more. 

August 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON Last week, the House passed a package of the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, including Rep. Dean’s proposed funding for people with disabilities, pregnant and postpartum women dealing with substance abuse, the national PFAS health study, student loan borrowers, and gun violence prevention. 


February 7, 2020 Press Release

LOWER MERION, PA – On Monday, February 3, Rep. Dean hosted the first Town Hall of the new year at the Cynwyd Club in Lower Merion Township. Joined by over 160 constituents, Rep. Dean discussed gun violence prevention, the student debt crisis, climate change and impeachment – and the issues Democrats would be focused on in 2020 like infrastructure, healthcare, and climate change.

December 17, 2019 Video
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