There is no right more important than the right to live. Americans shouldn’t have to fear they’ll be cut down by bullets in school, at concerts, in church, at movie theaters, or anywhere else; we can preserve Second Amendment rights to bear arms for defense and sport while enacting common-sense gun violence reforms to save lives. Meanwhile, our law enforcement and intelligence agencies deserve our oversight and support in keeping the nation safe from threats both foreign and domestic.
Gun Violence Prevention
As a former prosecutor whose father is a retired police officer and whose two younger brothers now serve in law enforcement, I know the damage guns can cause; as the son and brother of hunters and gun owners, I know that guns can be used responsibly. I support commonsense reforms to prevent gun violence and make Americans safer.
- We should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who are found to have kept such weapons. This ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.
- I support full background checks for all gun purchases; a national gun violence restraining order system like we have in California; a “no fly, no buy” law blocking those on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms; and funding for gun violence research.
- My No Guns for Abusers Act would improve the processes by which anyone charged with or convicted of domestic violence, or subject to a domestic violence protective order, must relinquish their firearms.
- We must better fund and oversee states’ work to improve records shared with the National Instant Background Check System so that prohibited persons can’t buy firearms.
We can make crime harder to commit and make it easier for law enforcement to catch criminals.
- I was the lead Democrat on the bipartisan Social Security Fraud Prevention Act, signed into law by President Trump, to reduce identity theft by limiting use of Social Security numbers on government documents sent through the mail.
- I was the lead Democrat on the bipartisan Rapid DNA Act, signed into law by President Trump, to expand law enforcement’s use of Rapid DNA technology to reduce lab backlogs and achieve justice for victims faster.
- I was an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Justice Served Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump, to amend a grant program helping state and local law enforcement reduce their crime labs’ DNA backlogs so that some money some can be spent on prosecuting DNA-linked cold cases.
- We must robustly fund the Byrne-JAG and COPS grant programs to support local law enforcement.
- We can support police while also working to reduce misconduct and racial disparities in enforcement and use of force. Black Lives Matter.
Intelligence, Justice, Homeland Security
Terrorism presents an ongoing danger to Americans. The federal government’s most solemn duty is to protect Americans from terrorism and to ensure we can respond in the event of an attack.
- As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I’ve worked diligently to help us stay focused on collecting information and connecting the dots to prevent attacks.
- On the Judiciary Committee, I’ve strived to balance civil rights with criminal justice so that we can remain safe while remaining free Americans.
- I’ve led efforts for many years to urge strong funding for the Transit Security Grant Program to help mass transit agencies, including the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, keep their riders safe and secure.
- I secured $10 million to test new airport perimeter security technology, so that Americans are safer when they travel by air.
- No guns for abusers which is why I introduced my No Guns for Abusers Act
- Full background checks for all gun purchases.
- Using Rapid DNA technology to achieve justice faster via the Rapid DNA Act
- Banning the possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons.