Gun Violence Prevention

I grew up in Texas, and I’ve always respected guns and the protecting afforded to individuals’ liberty by the 2nd Amendment. I’m also about to become a father and find the idea that my child will not be safe at school unacceptable. We must reject the idea that random, regular church and school shootings are a part of American life and that our elected officials are powerless to stop them. We can and must do more. In Congress, I will stand up for the rights of responsible gun owners and support common sense approaches to reducing gun violence such as criminal background checks on all gun sales, keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic abusers, and those that are a danger to themselves or others.


In Congress, I will work to:

  • Require criminal background checks on every gun sale: Background checks protect the rights of responsible gun owners and save lives. Loopholes in our current laws allow felons, domestic abusers and the severely mentally ill to avoid background checks when buying guns through unlicensed sellers, often online, who are not required by federal law to run background checks. Background checks are the best way to ensure folks who are a danger to themselves or others, cannot buy firearms.


  • Keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and domestic abusers: A woman is five times more likely to die if a gun is present in a domestic violence situation. We must close loopholes that allow abusive dating partners, abusive spouses and individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor stalking to purchase guns.


  • Keep weapons of war off our streets: There is no reason to allow weapons of war to be sold where folks without the proper training can buy them. We must work to keep these weapons off our streets, out of our schools, and away from those who seek to do harm.  


  • Support Red Flag laws: An individual deemed a risk to themselves or others should not have access to firearms. Guns are only used in 5% of all suicide attempts suicides, but are responsible for over half of all suicide deaths. Additionally, there are multiple examples of warning signs with individuals who have committed mass shootings. Red flag laws give family members and law enforcement officials the ability to temporarily restrict access to firearms to individuals who are at risk. This bipartisan solution can and will save lives.


  • Support firearm research: In the development of gun violence prevention policies it is critical to research the causes of gun violence. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must be appropriately funded to perform research to solve this public health problem and provide much needed information to develop informed and researched policies and laws that address the problem.


Paid for by Colin Allred for Congress

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P.O. Box 601631
Dallas, TX 75360
(469) 261-3829