In general, I do not support the Second Amendment as a sacred and unchangeable document. I believe that Gun Culture is Out of Control, and that and gun possession is for the most part Detrimental to Our Communities, and the price we are paying for being unwilling to curtail gun rights is just too steep. I would seek to restrict access to firearms wherever reasonably possible. I specifically oppose open carry and stand your ground-type laws, and support universal background checks and universal purchase tracking.
I believe that those who have been convicted of domestic violence should not have legal access to a gun. I believe that our Attorney General should respect and honor the People of Nevada’s majority vote in the 2016 election to close the loophole at gun shows that allow the sale of guns without background checks on the person buying a gun, just as is required to do so by any law-abiding, licensed gun dealer.
On October 1, 2017, our community experienced, in the most horrifying way possible, the traumatic impact of gun violence in our country. For too long, Congress has shamefully failed to act, as tragedy after tragedy unfolds. Shootings are now the 3rd-leading cause of death for children in America, a truly shocking statistic. Some common sense gun safety measures are long overdue. First of all, I will pressure Nevada’s leaders to recognize the will of the people and implement the background check law that was passed by voters in 2016. I’ll also advocate for national background check legislation, and limiting the ability to modify legal firearms with devices like bump stocks that make them military-grade weapons capable of causing the carnage that we witnessed in our community. Congress should also take concrete steps to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, felons, and individuals on the no fly list. Furthermore, we need federal legislation that cracks down on illegal gun trafficking, including stiffer penalties for those who engage in illegal straw purchasing, when prohibited purchasers buy guns by funneling money to a different buyer.
Our gun violence epidemic is not normal, and we must also realize that it’s not inevitable. Communities like mine have suffered enough from this horrific violence, and it’s time to have a real dialogue about commonsense solutions that will help keep guns out of the hands of individuals who shouldn’t have them. Enforcing background checks for all commercial gun purchases and closing outrageous loopholes that shouldn’t exist will help ensure that dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.