Gun Violence Prevention
Our country’s gun violence epidemic is not normal; reducing preventable gun deaths is the right thing to do.
Congresswoman Porter helped the House pass its most significant gun control legislation in decades. She co-sponsored the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would require background checks on every gun sale in the country. She also backed the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 to close the “Charleston loophole” that allows a gun sale if a federal background check is not completed within three days — even if the buyer has a criminal record. This legislation included a Porter amendment to study the dangers posed by firearms in domestic violence situations. Both bills passed the House with bipartisan support.
Congresswoman Porter joined the House of Representatives to pass an extension for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that included a provision restricting convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from accessing guns. She has also advocated for funding research on gun violence as a public health issue. For the first time in more than 20 years, Congress allocated $25 million for this critical research in 2020.
In one of her first speeches on the House floor, Congresswoman Porter focused on the importance of taking action to prevent gun violence. She highlighted the inspirational advocacy of Mary Leigh and Charlie Blek, members of our community who have been leaders in the fight to reduce gun violence in our district and in California.