On July 14th, I joined the CORA staff from our leading county DV service agency and community members to rally against gun violence. This was the first local effort that specifically highlighted the intersection of domestic violence and gun control, as a women's issue.
This year our County Board of Supervisors pledged $1 million to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals prohibited from possessing guns, such as owners who are convicted of a violent crime or are subject to a domestic violence or workplace restraining order. During my conversation with our District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, he shared his support for this collaborative strategy with our municipal police departments, that would proactive remove fire arms from the homes and out of the hands of offenders. He gave an example of the difference we can make keeping the public safe when a peace officer proactively retrieves a gun hidden in an attic, instead of waiting for the offender to surrender their fire arm. This effort is still in the planning stage and the county hopes for it to be stood up in the Fall of this year.
In 2020, I mobilized our local #MomsDemandAction chapter to advance the Safe Gun Storage Ordinance in San Mateo, and every year I've supported a contribution to the County's anonymous gun buy-back event. I'm eager for our San Mateo Police Department to join these regional initiatives; we must continue to redouble our efforts to end gun violence in the City, County, Sacramento, and DC!