Addressing Gun Violence
Tedra Cobb is committed to maintaining an individual’s access to firearms for safe hunting and personal protection, while working to minimize gun violence, an escalating public health crisis. She calls on Congress to reject partisanship and address the issue with reason, integrity and cooperation.
- By working together, we can ensure public health and safety while maintaining the freedoms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.
- Congress has a moral and legal obligation to institute gun-related policies that protect the people.
- We must reject partisanship and approach discussions about gun rights and public safety with sensitivity, objectivity and pragmatism.
The Time is Now
Many residents in NY-21 own guns, acquired them legally, and use them responsibly. At the same time, many Northern NY gun owners support reforms. Congress must immediately address this issue with reason, integrity and cooperation.
Turning vision to action
- Repeal the Dickey Amendment, which strangles government-funded research into gun violence.
- Implement effective universal background checks for all gun sales, whether at gun shows, via the internet or at retailers.
- Ban bump stocks and all other modifications that make a firearm fully automatic.
- Expand protections under domestic violence statutes for domestic partners and victims of stalking.
- Prohibit people who have committed hate crimes and/or who are on the terror watch list from purchasing guns.
- Increase mental health service screenings to make sure questions are asked to determine whether those at risk of self-harm or harming others have access to firearms.
- Revoke conceal-and-carry reciprocity that allows persons with permits from states with looser laws from carrying a firearm in states with stronger laws, like New York.
- Increase funding and support for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Related policy positions
- Repeal the Tiahart Amendment, which requires that ATF gun traces be performed on paper, effectively making them useless in prevention of trafficking, and prohibits the ATF from requiring gun dealers to perform regular inventory checks.
- Support campaign finance reforms that prevent organizations, such as the NRA, from bribing their representatives with campaign dollars.
- Reject the idea of arming teachers in public schools.
- Require gun safety courses and exams before issuing a license to purchase any gun.
Tedra recognizes that guns are part of our Northern New York culture, and that the vast majority of residents who do own guns here do so legally and safely. She does not advocate the repeal of the 2nd Amendment, but she does advocate for enforcing and expanding existing laws in the interest of public health and safety.