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Common Sense Gun Safety Reform

Peter strongly believes that we can enact common sense gun safety reforms without undermining Second Amendment rights.

  • Universal background checks
  • Ban military-style assault weapons
  • Limit the size of ammunition clips
  • Ban bump stocks
  • Remove prohibition on gun violence research by the CDC
  • Increase funding to ensure school safety

More on Common Sense Gun Safety Reform

April 3, 2018 In The News

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is praising a new, $3.3 billion federal commitment to fight opioid addiction, but he’s criticizing House leadership for not allowing the chamber to vote on substantive gun safety measures.

Welch, a Democrat in his sixth term in the U.S. House, shared his views on those and other subjects during an interview at the Addison Independent on Thursday. Welch was in Addison County to visit the BristolWorks industrial park and participate in a roundtable discussion in Middlebury about the impacts of opioid addiction.

December 11, 2017 In The News

As the threat of another government shutdown loomed on Thursday, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., was busy dealing with an array of fast-changing events that will have varying degrees of impact in Vermont.

“It’s wild,” Welch said in a conversation with the St. Albans Messenger. As he was waiting for the Republicans to offer a plan to fund the government, he refelected on Jerusalem, impeachment and the House firearms vote, all of which had taken place the day before.

October 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas:

June 22, 2016 In The News
Starting Wednesday morning, U.S. House Democrats staged a rare sit-in on the House floor to demand action on gun violence. Vermont Rep. Peter Welch was among those that participated, and spoke to VPR Wednesday afternoon from the cloakroom off the House floor.
July 31, 2013 In The News

Facing dissent from Congressional Democrats, President Obama on Wednesday offered a strong defense of his potential choice of Lawrence H. Summers to head the Federal Reserve, though he said no final selection had been made.

April 20, 2013 In The News

Congressman Peter Welch had a lot on his mind Friday.

Vermont's congressman at-large returned from Washington after a brutal battle over gun control legislation and told up to 20 constituents at the Tuckerbox cafe that the fight is far from over. The Senate tried to pass a bill that would require background checks at gun shows and Internet sales.

February 11, 2013 In The News

A sudden outburst of bipartisanship is sweeping Washington, presenting President Obama with an opportunity to move his agenda, but also a challenge to get it done quickly before this window inevitably slams shut.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Obama will call on the two parties to work together on immigration and gun control — normally divisive issues.

February 6, 2013 In The News

Over the past six years, Rep. Peter Welch has held almost 150 "Congress in Your Community" events throughout the state. It's an opportunity for Vermonters to discuss their concerns with the Congressman in an informal setting.

KC Bagels in Waterbury is jammed on a cold winter morning with people who want to spend some time with Congressman Peter Welch.

January 8, 2011 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement Saturday in response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a fellow member of the House class of 2006.

"Gabby Giffords is one of my closest friends in Congress. A persistent and effective legislator, she stands out for her warmth, genuine attentiveness and concern for all. Gabby is one of the best listeners I know. Her kindness and graciousness know no bounds.