Almost everyone in Northern Virginia has been touched by gun violence in one way or another. For me, it’s the fact that I attended Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—the same high school that saw 17 people murdered by one gunman in a matter of minutes. I lost my former classmate Coach Aaron Feis in that attack—who was killed while shielding students from gunfire.
I know we can’t wait any long to stop this national epidemic of gun violence. Every other industrialized nation has figured this out. We have no excuse. And if Congress won’t act, we here in Northern Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth will.
That’s why as your state Senator, I will work to:
- Require gun owners to carry liability insurance to prevent victims and taxpayers from bearing the costs of gun violence and negligence.
- Support giving localities like Fairfax County control over how to regulate guns and gun ownership.
- Require new safety standards for handguns, including smart gun technology that prevents unauthorized users from operating the gun.
- Strengthen laws around taking guns away from domestic abusers, and requiring law enforcement to act if illegal guns are not given up willingly.