Val’s Priorities

Gun Safety

Protecting Pennsylvanians from senseless gun violence. 

Val believes we can respect the second amendment while also addressing gun violence as the public health crisis it is by passing commonsense reforms that are supported by a majority of Pennsylvanians and Americans to keep our kids safe at school, and keep every Pennsylvanian safe where they work, live and worship. 

But, as in so many cases, the bickering in Congress has failed Pennsylvanians, cost lives, and made our communities less safe. We have seen tragedy after tragedy, including here in the Commonwealth — in 2020, there were more than 2,000 people shot in Philadelphia alone. It needs to end. 

To curb the threat of gun violence, Val supports expanding background checks and making sure that those on the no-fly list, those with a history of domestic abuse or violent crimes cannot access firearms. She also supports efforts to pass a national extreme risk protective order and a ban on high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons. She is committed to making investments in community-based violence prevention, in mental health resources, and in ensuring that our state and local law enforcement have the resources and personnel to respond to hate crimes in their communities.