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Ending Gun Violence

Growing up with school shootings being a regular occurrence left a deep mark on me. I’ll never forget the fear of going to school as part of the school shooting generation. This reality shouldn’t be our new normal.  When no sensible gun safety laws were passed after the Sandy Hook tragedy, I knew I had to get involved in politics. I started out by advocating for gun safety measures and candidates who supported them. I organized a March for Our Lives event, driven by the urgent need for change. Conversations with young people and parents echo these fears, highlighting the inadequacy of current safety measures. In the legislature, I've actively supported common sense gun safety laws, and I'm committed to continuing this fight in Congress. Interacting with young people and their parents, I consistently encounter a pervasive fear due to insufficient safety measures. In the legislature, I've actively championed common sense gun safety laws. My commitment is to extend this advocacy to Congress, relentlessly pursuing the safety our communities deserve.

We can achieve all of this while respecting the Second Amendment, and without undermining the rights of responsible gun owners. I will fight for the long overdue passage of a national assault weapons ban, for widely-supported universal background checks, for red flag laws, and for greater funding of local community violence intervention programs.

In Congress, I will:

  • SUPPORT the Bipartisan Background Checks Act to institute universal background checks on all gun sales

  • SUPPORT the Strengthening Protections for Domestic Violence and Stalking Survivors Act to prevent convicted stalkers and abusive dating partners subject to restraining orders from buying and possessing guns

  • COSPONSOR the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act, increasing the excise tax on firearms, including pistols, revolvers, and shells and cartridges by .5%. The revenue generated would be used to establish the Gun Violence Prevention Trust Fund, a fund that will direct money to violence prevention, gun violence research, hate crimes data collection and enforcement, and firearm forensics

  • SUPPORT the Assault Weapons Ban of 2023, making it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon or large capacity ammunition feeding device

  • SUPPORT the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act and the Protecting Our Communities Act, ensuring that Ghost Guns are subject to the same regulations as any other form of firearm

  • SUPPORT Ethan’s Law, creating federal guidelines that mandate gun owners safely and securely store their firearms

  • REVERSE the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, expanding gun manufacturer liability to civil suits and ensuring accountability and access to justice for gun violence victims exists nationwide

  • COSPONSOR the Handgun Permit to Purchase Act, authorizing a grant program for states, local governments, and Native American tribes to implement and evaluate handgun purchaser licensing requirements

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