Gun Reform

Our nation has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. It is past time for commonsense gun safety laws that protect our communities and keep guns out of the hands of those who may harm us. Congress can prevent these tragedies if it implements universal background checks, bans weapons of war, and prohibits suspected terrorists and domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. The status quo is unacceptable.


During his time in Congress, Scott has prioritized firearm reform. In 2019, when then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold a vote on the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019, Scott hand-delivered more than 700 constituent letters to Leader McConnell’s office to share the impact gun violence has had on San Diegan lives.


Scott continues to support common sense gun legislation in Congress by:

  • Introducing and passing into law the STANDUP Act, which helps students and educators identify, intervene, and get help for those at risk of hurting themselves or others.
  • Voting in favor of and helped pass into law the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which expanded background check requirements, broadened the scope of existing restrictions, established new criminal offenses for acts of gun violence, and provided funding for crisis intervention programs and behavioral and mental health services.
  • Cosponsoring the Assault Weapons Ban of 2023, which would outlaw the importation, sale, manufacture or transfer of a semiautomatic weapon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.
  • Cosponsoring Ethan’s Law, which would create federal requirements for gun owners to safely and securely store their firearms, and establish strong penalties for any violations.
  • Working as a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force by supporting legislation and sending letters to Congressional Leadership and the Administration on other common-sense reforms, including banning ghost guns, closing the bump stock loophole, and raising the minimum age to purchase assault weapons from 18 to 21.