As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen first-hand the devastating impact illegal guns are having in our communities. As a mom of four kids, I want to ensure all our children feel safe in our schools and in our streets. We need to do much more to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic abusers, and terrorists. We can do this while protecting the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners.
During my first term, I’ve worked to find responsible solutions to America’s gun violence crisis. The first bill I supported in Congress was the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and I was proud to cast my vote on the House Floor for this common sense gun safety measure. I’ve also supported legislation for red flag laws, to close the Charleston Loophole, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that closes the boyfriend loophole, close the hate crimes loophole for gun purchases, and ban bump-stocks, which allow individuals to convert firearms into fully automatic weapons.
As a Member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I helped secure funding for a $25 million investment in the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control to study gun violence—the first such investment in 20 years.
While New Jersey has led the way with an assault weapons ban and large capacity magazine limits, it is still possible for a criminal to purchase these deadly weapons across state lines. For this reason, I support a federal assault weapons ban and limits on large capacity magazines. Weapons of war designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible do not belong on our streets.
I will continue to work to save lives and keep our communities safe.