44 Pro-Gun Control Lawmakers Who Support Common-Sense Gun Reform in 2019

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At first glance, the midterm elections back in November seemed a bit defeating—major gun-control advocates like Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Beto O'Rourke lost their gubernatorial races, and Republicans kept control of the U.S. Senate. But change happens in inches, not feet, and our country has still taken a major political step—specifically in the fight for common-sense gun laws.

The Democrats won the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives (that now includes more than 100 women), which means there will be a strong push for gun control legislation allowing Americans to freely go to a bar, a concert, a movie theater, a classroom, a place of worship, a yoga studio, etc., without the fear of being shot. Electing these gun control advocates—many who have experienced gun violence firsthand—was the first step. Now it's time to push them to introduce new legislation on both the state and federal level.

Ahead, a quick and easy guide to legislators who believe in common-sense gun reform, and how to support them.

Editor's note: This post includes a sampling of pro-gun control lawmakers throughout the country currently in an elected position and will continue to be updated.

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Cory Booker

State: New Jersey

Position: U.S. Senator

What he says about gun control: “If you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to own a gun.” Learn more about Booker’s ambitious gun control policy here.

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Rashida Tlaib

State: Michigan

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 13

What she says about gun control: As a Moms Demand Action–endorsed congresswoman, Tlaib has pledged to “go to Washington and fight the NRA and their Republican cronies and help pass common sense reforms to keep our communities and families safe from gun violence. As I like to say, time to clear out the room and send some moms to fix this crisis.”

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Kamala Harris

State: California

Position: U.S. Senator

What she says about gun control: Most recently, Harris says if elected president, she’ll give Congress 100 days to pass gun laws. Otherwise, she’ll issue an executive order.

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Sharice Davids

State: Kansas

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 3

What she says about gun control: In March, Davids told TheSkimm, "I think of gun safety as a public health crisis because we have seen a lot of folks who have addressed this just as a one-part issue." She wants to restrict access to firearms to certain groups, allow more meaningful study around the issue of gun safety, and address hardware.

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Elizabeth Warren

State: Massachusetts

Position: U.S. Senator

What she says about gun control: “I've never taken a penny from the NRA & I'm not going to start now. That's why I'm taking the #NoNRAMoney pledge. If enough leaders join me, we can finally stand up to the gun lobbyists & get some real change,” Warren tweeted in May 2018.

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Pete Buttigieg

State: Indiana

Position: Mayor of South Bend

What he says about gun control: Buttigieg is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group within the Everytown network that's comprised of more than 1,000 mayors advocating for gun safety. Learn more about his stance on gun control here.

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Amy Klobuchar

State: Minnesota

Position: U.S. Senator

What she says about gun control: Klobuchar has made it clear it’s time for common-sense gun reform, though she’ll be looking at legislation from the perspective of "Would this hurt my Uncle Dick in the deer stand?" Banning assault weapons and background checks would not hurt Uncle Dick.

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Ilhan Omar

State: Minnesota

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 5

What she says about gun control: "We must ensure safe schools and safe communities by investing in gun violence prevention, professional development for educators focused on bullying, mental and behavioral health, cultural competence, appropriate classroom management, and safety,” Omar wrote on her website. She wants to do this by banning the sale of military-style assault weapons, ensuring background checks across the country, and supporting accessible mental health services.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

State: New York

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 14

What she says about gun control: After the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre, AOC tweeted, “You know, instead of training children, teachers, houses of faith, & concertgoers to prep for being shot, we could just:

-Pass Universal Background checks (#HR8!)

-Disarm domestic abusers

-Mandate safe storage

-Ban bump stocks, semiautos, & high cap mags designed to kill people.”

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Ayanna Pressley

State: Massachusetts

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 7

What she says about gun control: Pressley wrote an opinion piece for The Boston Globe on how women can help stop gun violence. Read it here.

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Peter King

State: New York

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 2

What he says about gun control: King voted to push H.R. 8 forward as a Republican co-sponsor of the bill, and has encouraged his fellow party members to support it as well. H.R. 8 is the most historic piece of gun legislation that has passed through the House. Learn more about it here.

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Donna Shalala

State: Florida

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 27

What she says about gun control: Shalala put out an immediate call for gun reform last March while she was campaigning for her House seat. Watch the video here, which includes why she still supports the Second Amendment and her inspiration fueled by the Parkland students.

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Lucy McBath

State: Georgia

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 6

What she says about gun control: “It is unfortunately not surprising that on the very same day I officially became a congresswoman-elect, other families in this country are receiving the same exact call that I did six years ago when I learned my son had been murdered,” McBath said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. “The tragedy in California is one of far too many. I grieve with the families affected and for every life lost. I pray that Congress will support me in taking action to prevent these tragedies from affecting the lives of so many."

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Nikki Fried

State: Florida

Position: Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

What she says about gun control: “For eight years Florida’s Department of Agriculture has been run by the NRA," Fried said in a direct message to the NRA. "After the failure to perform background checks, we cannot afford another NRA sellout putting our safety at risk...I have a message for the NRA—your control over concealed weapons permits is finished. As commissioner, I won’t be beholden to you, but to the people of Florida. I will do my job and stand up for what’s right.

She continues, "This isn’t partisan—background checks save lives—without violating our Second Amendment. We’ll conduct a full audit of the permit process—to ensure complete, thorough background checks. It’s time for the people to govern.”

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Laura Kelly

State: Kansas

Position: Governor

What she says about gun control: "I believe it’s especially important for those of us who support gun rights to lead this fight to find common sense ways to keep our kids and teachers safe from gun violence," Kelly said in a statement in February. "I will work to implement gun safety standards—like requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning bump stocks, and limiting access to the types of assault weapons that were designed for combat zones."

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Jennifer Longdon

State: Arizona

Position: State House Representative, District 24

What she says about gun control: “This is going to sound extremely corny, but after that incredible act of evil—someone deliberately pointing a gun at my fiancé and me, and firing it, I’ve always felt this weird need to offset that violence, that evil," Longdon told New Mobility.

"I own a handgun and a hunting rifle—legacy guns from my family—and I own a Glock .45. I'm going to be first in line to protest when we start doing gun grabs, but there need to be universal background checks," she also told Rolling Stone. "It's reasonable and prudent to know who is owning the firearms. Certain machines don't belong in civilian hands. AK-47s were designed to kill, to sweep streets in military conflict—I don't think that belongs in the hands of civilians. We prevent tyranny at the ballot box, not at muzzle point."

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Harley Rouda

State: California

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 48

What he says about gun control: "It’s time we pursue common-sense reforms that will keep our neighbors and family members safe. We need to implement mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, including online, at gun shows, and even for 3-D printed guns," Rouda says on his website.

"We need to prevent all convicted domestic abusers from buying guns and once-and-for-all close the so-called 'boyfriend loophole.' And we need to ban assault rifles and high capacity magazines, ban the sale of guns to violent criminals and the mentally ill, and ensure that every gun-buyer is subject to an appropriate waiting period for all purchases."

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Katie Hill

State: California

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 25

What she says about gun control: “As Democrats, we should not try to make this a political issue that is about gun legislation because any of the gun legislation we’re advocating for would not have prevented this," Hill told The New York Times after the Thousand Oaks shooting. "We lose credibility if we try to make it as if it would’ve."

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Tom Sullivan

State: Colorado

Position: State House Representative, District 37

What he says about gun control: “Those are just common sense things, those are things that the vast majority that the community agrees with and so those are the types of things we can do—banning bump stocks, things that turn assault weapons into machine guns. Those don’t belong in our communities," Sullivan says.

"That’s a common sense thing that people agree on yet we couldn’t get something like that passed last year. But now with both houses and a governor, those are the type of things that can get taken care of.”

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Jacky Rosen

State: Nevada

Position: U.S. Senator

What she says about gun control: "We can support the Second Amendment AND take reasonable steps to reduce gun violence in our communities," Rosen tweeted in October while she was a member of the House of Representatives. "Gun violence is a public health crisis. I urge my colleagues to join together and work across the aisle to decrease the scope & devastation of these mass shootings."

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Ned Lamont

State: Connecticut

Position: Governor

What he says about gun control: "As governor, I will tighten our existing gun laws and close existing loopholes, expand gun buyback programs, preserve and seek to expand funding for efforts like Project Longevity, a program launched in 2012 operating in New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport that has helped reduce rates of gun violence by intervening before violence occurs," Lamont wrote on his website.

"I will review and support implementation of policies that have had success in Connecticut and neighboring states, including Trauma-Informed Community Response in which communities, mental and social services and other health services and law enforcement work together to help communities heal from gun violence and understand how to prevent future gun violence. I will be a continuous and vocal advocate for smart, common sense legislation."

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Tina Smith

State: Minnesota

Position: U.S. Senator

What she says about gun control: “If you can buy a gun at Dick’s Sporting Goods and get a background check, why not if you buy a gun online?”

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Jennifer Wexton

State: Virginia

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 10

What she says about gun control: According to her website, Wexton says she "will support legislation that expands mandatory background checks on gun purchases, closes loopholes that allow criminals to purchase firearms, establishes a ban on sales of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and allows the federal government to study gun violence as a public health issue."

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Steve Sisolak

State: Nevada

Position: Governor

What he says about gun control: "Gun violence has taken too many lives, including the 58 lost on 1 October," Sisolak tweeted in April 2018. "As governor I will stand up to the @NRA & enact commonsense reforms like enforcing background checks & banning assault weapons, bump stocks, high capacity magazines & silencers #EnoughisEnough #VegasStrong"

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Jason Crow

State: Colorado

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 6

What he says about gun control: According to Vox Crow's "proposed gun control solutions are ones that both parties can get behind. The list of measures he’s backing includes universal background checks, a ban on military-style assault weapons, magazine limitations, closing the gun show loophole, overturning the Dickey Amendment, and imposing better checks on mental health before people purchase guns."

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Ruth Richardson
Ruth Richardson

State: Minnesota

Position: State House Representative, District 52B

What she says about gun control: "I support common sense gun reform, including things like universal background checks that are supported by the vast majorities of Americans including gun owners," says Richardson.

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Michelle Lujan Grisham

State: New Mexico

Position: Governor

What she says about gun control: "I am inspired to see young people from all across the country doing everything they can to make their schools and communities safer places to live and learn. I share their passion, their determination, and their frustration with a Congress that has repeatedly failed to enact widely-supported, common-sense protections to address the gun violence epidemic in America," Grisham says.

"They, and the vast majority of Americans, agree that we can do more to stop criminals and the seriously mentally ill from getting guns, while also ensuring that law-abiding, responsible citizens can freely own them."

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Kirsten Gillibrand

State: New York

Position: U.S. Senator

What she says about gun control: After the Thousand Oaks shooting in November, Gillibrand told Stephen Colbert, "It is extraordinarily heartbreaking and it's infuriating because Congress literally has done nothing in the face of gun death after gun death in communities all across this country. And it is because of the greed: the greed of the gun manufacturers and the greed of the NRA."

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Dean Phillips

State: Minnesota

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 3

What he says about gun control: “Thoughts and tweets don’t save lives—courage and action save lives," Phillips wrote on his website. "And since Congress has refused to effect change to improve safety, I will do everything in my power to support students mobilizing to change Congress.”

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Jahana Hayes

State: Connecticut

Position: U.S. House Representative, District 5

What she says about gun control: Hayes wrote an essay for Medium on her gun control stance titled, 'Common Sense Gun Laws Saves Lives.' "As most people know by now, I am an educator. What people may not know is that my husband is a police officer. When we get dressed for work, he puts on a gun and I do not. He goes to work to protect and serve, I go to work to give kids the tools they need to succeed."

She continues, "The idea of arming teachers and mixing these two professions is insane and as an educator and as your congresswoman, I will vigorously oppose it. But simply opposing bad ideas is not enough — we need to go on offense."

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