Walnut Creek, CA – Today, Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Gun Safety Board and Research Act (H.R. 4177), a bill to enable evidence-based solutions to gun violence.
The Board, which will be housed at the Department of Health and Human Services in recognition that gun violence is a public health epidemic, will be responsible for conducting research, evaluating federal and state policy proposals, and recommending best practices for reducing gun violence.
“If you have a health problem, you want a doctor to use research – not just an opinion – to treat it. The same kind of approach should be used to tackle the public health epidemic of gun violence. Creating a way to re-introduce quality research into the gun violence prevention debate will help us rise above partisan politics and get to the roots of the problem,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.
The Gun Safety Board would be composed of expert members from law enforcement, public health, research, medicine, gun manufacturing, victim advocates, nonprofits, and federal agencies. Using its Board member and staff expertise, the newly-created Board would use its $25 million annual budget to:
- Conduct original research about reducing gun violence;
- Make policy recommendations for potential federal, state, and local action to reduce gun violence;
- Evaluate federal and state laws and proposals aimed at reducing gun violence;
- Identify gaps in gun violence research that should be filled; and
- Provide grants to conduct additional research and educate the public about gun violence.
Congressman DeSaulnier has authored a number of additional measures to reduce gun violence, including the Federal Law Enforcement and Public Protection Act to prevent incidents in which federal law enforcement officers’ service weapons are lost or stolen; the Modernizing Firearm Technology Act to incentivize the development of smart guns; and legislation in the California State Senate to mandate reporting of lost or stolen weapons. He is also a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the House.