Dary Rezvani (CA-22) Facebook Post

I have been silent about the recent shootings for a couple of reasons. The main reason being, I was still trying to comprehend the magnitude of these attacks. If you are American then you are no stranger to gun violence. I have seen multiple posts about being “numb” and I have to say, I am. While I was with PwC I woke up on two separate occasions to firm-wide emails notifying us of colleagues’ deaths. One being Bo Jean who was shot inside of his own apartment by an off duty police officer and another being a victim of the New Zealand Mosque attacks. A couple years ago one of the mechanics at my shop was walking with his cousin at night and was shot at multiple times, none hit him but they did hit his cousin who did not live past that night. Gun violence isn’t some statistical anomaly, it’s what happens when there is a massive gap in common-sense gun legislation. The reason I feel helpless is that it has to be attacks of this magnitude that finally capture national attention and restart the conversation only for this conversation to be muted within a week or two once outrage subsides. Remember how you felt this weekend and revisit that anger every time you are just too tired or just don’t feel like helping with voter registration or voter outreach. These things can be changed but it takes a collective effort.
— Dary Rezvani

Democrat Kim Mangone (CA-23) running against McCarthy in 2020

Democrat Kim Mangone is the first new candidate to throw her hat in the ring for the U.S. House of Representatives 23rd Congressional District seat in 2020. In one of her first campaigning appearances, Mangone announced her intention to run against incumbent and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the Democratic Club of the High Desert meeting Saturday.

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Sean Frame (CA-04) Issue Statement

As a local, I know that responsible gun ownership is part of life in our district; as someone whose life has been shaped by gun violence, I know that dangerous gun ownership must not be. Given the epidemic of gun violence in our country, we need to enact common sense gun legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of people who are most likely to use them to hurt themselves or others.

Support lawful and responsible gun ownership for hunting and self-defense

Encourage firearm training, including proper storage

Pass H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 to require universal background checks for all gun purchases

Fund CDC study of gun violence as a public health crisis

Pass extreme risk/red flag laws that let family members and law enforcement petition courts to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns if they pose a danger to themselves or others

Heavily restrict guns, gun modifications, and ammunition that maximize the potential to murder people by placing limits on key characteristics, including rate of fire, reload speed, magazine capacity, the lethality of bullets, and the like.

Remove special protections for gun manufacturers so that gunmakers can be held responsible for the damage their weapons cause and how they market.

Prevent forced reciprocity so that states can set their own gun laws including concealed carry, silencers, and other

Make social and emotional learning part of all school curricula

Recognize gun violence in domestic violence situations as a public health issue requiring mental and physical health treatment and intervention
— https://frame4congress.com/platform/

Phil Arballo (CA-22), "Thoughts and prayers only go so far"

Have you ever witnessed a moment and wondered how it would play in the history books?

That’s how I felt hearing about the multiple mass shootings this weekend, and then watching the Republicans refuse to take meaningful action. Thoughts and prayers only go so far.

When House Democrats moved forward with common sense gun safety legislation — the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (HR 8) — Devin Nunes and many of his Republican colleagues voted against it.

The House passed it despite Nunes’ no vote, but now the bill is stuck in limbo because Mitch McConnell refuses to bring it up for a vote in the Senate.

At the end of the day, Republicans seem to care more about cozying up to the NRA than protecting the people they serve.

In fact, Devin Nunes has an A rating from the NRA — not surprising since he has taken $129,213 from the gun rights lobby to finance his re-election bids.

I’m running for Congress to put a stop to that. I believe that everyone should be safe in their schools, at movie theaters, at work, in any public place.

Let’s do all we can to keep our communities safe.
— Phil Arballo

Julia Peacock (CA-42) Issue Statement

There are 27 amendments to the US Constitution. The 2nd Amendment is but one. As a matter of record, in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008, Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court ruled that the right to possess firearms in America “is not unlimited.”

During the assault weapons ban that began in 1994, there was a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths in mass shootings. When Congress refused to renew the ban in 2004, the number of deaths dramatically increased, even though there were only 7 more incidents.

Even gun owners agree on an assault weapons ban. So do I. As a parent and public school teacher who routinely practices active shooter drills, I believe we have a moral obligation to cherish the lives of our children more than we cherish our right to bear arms.

Ban assault weapons; ban sales to those with serious mental illness; universal background checks; national gun registry database; standardized waiting periods; gun ownership insurance which includes annual safety training, physicals, and mental health screenings; a ban on sales to those on the no-fly or watch lists. These common-sense laws cross party lines and help to protect our children and our communities from the tragedy of mass shootings.
— https://peacockforcongress.com/issues/#GunReform

Regina Marston (CA-42) Issue Statement

I respect the 2nd Amendment, but I also respect what Justice Antonin Scalia ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller in the Supreme Court in 2008. “The right to possess firearms in America is not unlimited.” I’m for gun laws that remove the ability for guns to end up in the hands of criminals or those who are mentally unstable. I am strongly for banning all automatic weapons, and devices that turn a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon. Those guns should not be in the hands of civilians. They are for fighting wars and for killing people. Not shooting deer.

We must fix the problems in the nationwide system of background checks, which requires firearm dealers to verify with the FBI that a purchaser isn’t a felon, fugitive, domestic abuser or dangerously mentally ill. The fact that only federal, but not state, agencies are required to submit data to the background-check database; and thousands of cases of violence by military service members are not reported is not acceptable. These loopholes must be closed. I will work to pass legislation that closes the loopholes for background checks across all jurisdictions and to enact background checks at all private sales and gun shows.

Not everyone who is mentally ill is going to become a mass shooter, but we must be able to ensure that those who have shown signs of hurting themselves or others and have guns, are prevented from doing so. We must seek to assist families with laws like California’s Laura’s law allows family members or law enforcement officials to seek a temporary restraining order barring a potentially violent person from purchasing guns and removing any already in their possession. The mantra, “if you see something, say something” needs to extend to our police and sheriff’s offices, so that people are allowed to report strange behavior that could become violent. Physicians also should be empowered to ask patients if they own guns and encourage the family to seek a gun order if they’re worried. I will work to pass legislation that will emulate California’s law to ensure families, law enforcement, and physicians can take action to protect their loved one from harming themselves or others.

We need to reinstate the 1994 Assault Weapons ban, with updated language to deal with all new technologies immediately. If elected, I’ll work with my colleagues in the House and Senator Diane Feinstein to pass legislation that will ban assault weapons, ammunition, and any technology or products designed to create an assault style weapon.
— http://reginamarston.com/more-issues/

Bobby Bliatout (CA-22) Facebook Post

As a gun owner and member of the CA Waterfowl Association, I strongly support increased gun safety and training laws including verification of gun locker ownership before purchase, stricter rules for gun show permits, and mandatory safety classes tied to permit renewal just like getting a driver’s license.
— Bobby Bliatout

Audrey Denney (CA-01) Issue Statement

I grew up in a family that safely and responsibly used firearms, and I am a gun owner. I respect farmers, ranchers, and sports enthusiasts right to own firearms. Yet every American can agree that no one wants innocent lives taken when guns get into the wrong hands, and there are things we can do at a federal level to keep our kids safe at schools.

Work with gun owners and sporting associations to promote responsible gun ownership and safety education

Enforce universal background checks for the purchase of firearms, without exception

Ban bump stocks and binary triggers

Expand Gun Violence Protection Orders - where family members can get a court order to have firearms removed if they are concerned that a loved one will commit a violent crime

Close the gun show loophole on the federal level
— https://audreyforcongress.com/issues/gun-safety/