House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said passing stricter gun control laws will be a “priority” in the new Democrat-controlled House.
“There is bipartisan legislation to have common sense background checks to prevent guns going into the wrong hands,” the California Democrat told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday night.
“This will be a priority for us in the next Congress,” Mrs. Pelosi added.
Her comments came a day after a gunman fatally shot 12 people with a Glock handgun at a bar hosting a college country music night in Thousands Oaks, California.
Mrs. Pelosi, who said she’s “100 percent” confident she’ll retake the title of House speaker, has vowed to push for a range of gun-control measures, including restrictions on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks.
She said she’s confident such legislation would make it through the Republican-controlled Senate because “public sentiment” about guns is on her side.
“The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets,” she said in a statement after the shooting. “House Democrats will fight to pass bipartisan, commonsense solutions to prevent gun violence in communities across the country.