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Gun Violence Prevention

Though years have passed since the horrific murder of twenty school children and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, here in Connecticut that tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds—especially when discussing the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our country. Since that day in 2012, the United States has experienced a rash of mass shooting events and mourned the loss of tens-of-thousands of adults and children to gun violence on our streets. Rep. Larson will continue to work with Mothers United Against Violence, Hartford Communities That Care, and other local organizations on the front-line that provide services to our communities in the midst of these tragedies and who work tirelessly to try to prevent them. 

Rep. Larson believes in commonsense proposals that most Americans agree can fight gun violence and save countless lives across the country. The commonsense proposals that Rep. Larson fights for are: universal background checks, ammunition limitations for firearm magazines, penalty enhancements for straw-purchasing a firearm, closing the boyfriend and Charleston loopholes, banning the sale of military-style assault weapons, and providing additional counseling and support for youth impacted by urban violence. In 2016, in the aftermath of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, he co-led a historic sit-in on the House Floor with his former colleague Representative John Lewis, demanding a vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act.  


Rep. Larson stands with Team 26 to demand Congressional action on gun violence prevention.

Rep. Larson is currently a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, chaired by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) in the U.S. House of Representatives.


More on Gun Violence Prevention

December 14, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today following news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT: