Gun Violence Prevention

Standing up to the NRA

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Dear friend, No student should be afraid to go to school, and no parent should fear their child may never come home. For years, Congress has failed to pass meaningful legislation that would prevent gun violence. This inaction is traumatizing an entire generation. It’s past time we stand up to the gun lobby. Today, I joined my House colleagues in passing legislation that would curb gun violence and... Read more »

My New Bill: The Mental Health Justice Act

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Dear friend, I believe that every American should be treated equally—with justice, dignity, and respect under the law. That’s why I’ve helped lead the effort in Congress to provide first responders with the resources they need to manage and de-escalate emergency situations that involve a person suspected of experiencing a mental health crisis. Throughout this summer, in the wake of the protests su... Read more »

Reps. Porter, Cárdenas, Pressley, and Scanlon Introduce Bill to Protect Individuals with Mental Illness, Disabilities from Police Violence

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), along with Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), today introduced legislation to reduce violence against individuals with mental illness and disabilities. The Mental Health Justice Act would support the creation of mental health first responder units that would be deployed in lieu of... Read more »

Rep. Katie Porter Amendment Passes the House of Representatives

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) introduced her first legislative amendment today, which would require a report to Congress on the effect of firearm possession on victims of domestic violence. The amendment was adopted on a bipartisan basis, without objection, by the House of Representatives. Rep. Porter’s legislation amended the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, which also passed the Hous... Read more »