The plague of gun violence demands a strong response at all levels of government.
While Congresswoman Sanchez affirms the constitutional right to bear arms, she also supports a reasonable regulation of firearms.
As a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, common-sense gun control is a core issue to Congresswoman Sanchez. She’s a co-sponsor of legislation to close the “gun-show loophole” by expanding background checks to cover all sales of firearms, to strengthen enforcement efforts and to prohibit sales of high-capacity magazines. She also supports child safety locks and waiting periods for gun sales.
It takes a thorough analysis each policy proposal to fully understand the far-reaching and sometimes unintended consequences.
For instance, in 2005, Congresswoman Sanchez voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. It makes gun manufacturers and distributors liable for violating state and federal law, but not for the criminal, unlawful or negligent acts of those who use their products.
Ask yourself: If a drunken driver crashes into your car and harms you, should Ford, Chevrolet or any car manufacturer be held accountable for the criminal act of the drunken driver? If someone uses a baseball bat or hammer to assault you, should the manufacturers be held criminally liable? If you said “no,” then you agree with the principle behind the 2005 law.
She voted for it to prevent frivolous lawsuits against manufacturers and also because it contains important gun control measures, such as requiring child safety locks and prohibiting the importation of armor-piercing “cop-killer” bullets.
Yes, guns are more dangerous than baseball bats, and that’s why Congresswoman Sanchez has always supported special restrictions on gun sales. She has always stood up for law enforcement, sensible gun control and safe California communities.