2020 Platform: Gun Violence Prevention

California Democrats recognize the increasing impact of gun violence on the lives of Californians, especially in communities of color. California leads the nation with some of the most stringent gun laws, reducing our state’s firearm mortality by 55% since 1993. Still, more than 3,184 Californians died as the result of gun violence in a single year.

 To advance the cause of ending gun violence, California Democrats will:

  • Support a federal ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines; support federal expansion of universal criminal background checks to include every gun, ammunition, and “ghost gun” component sale;
  • Support prohibiting those with a history of violence or DUI convictions, and those on terrorist watch list;
  • Promote policies to limit access to firearms by children, suicidal persons, and those in crisis; and, support  educational programs on safe storage of firearms and ammunition;
  • Work to end gun trafficking, “straw purchasing,” and illegal guns;
  • Support providing necessary resources and funding to implement and enforce California’s strong gun laws, including the Armed Prohibited Persons System Program and the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO); the tracing of all crime guns, and the investigation of all denied firearm purchasers;
  • Support efforts to protect California’s gun laws from court challenges;
  • Support the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects fire arms manufacturers and dealers from liability when crimes have been committed with their products;
  • Oppose any school administration that wishes to arm teachers;
  • Work to ensure that California schools have adequate counseling resources to address bullying, domestic violence, suicide awareness, and trauma;
  • Advocate for adequate funding for community-based organization dedicated to stopping the cycle of violence;
  • Support public outreach and law enforcement training for new and existing law enforcement professionals on the implementation of California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO);
  • Support the expansion of petitioners of GVROs to include co-workers, teachers, principals, employers, and mental health workers;
  • Support laws and policies that serve to aid in the investigation and prosecution of radicalized domestic terrorists and hate groups;
  • Encourage candidates running for office in local, statewide, and federal elections to advocate for common-sense gun laws and to support research, community investment, and public education focused on reducing gun violence;
  • Discourage candidates from accepting campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association (NRA) or other gun-rights organizations; and,
  • Urge Congress to take action by passing common-sense gun safety legislation.
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