Crime and Safety
Rep. Chu with first responders during National Night Out.
I am committed to keeping our communities safe. As legislators, it is essential that we ensure law enforcement has all the tools it needs to stop crime and violence.
While in Congress, I have focused my efforts on promoting policies that keep guns out of dangerous hands, curb the financing of drug crimes, and equip our local law enforcement with the federal funding and programs needed to effectively fight crime.
Many law enforcement agencies across the country have implemented hiring freezes for both sworn officers and civilian positions. Federal funding can help address these concerns and more by getting more cops on the street and providing more safety equipment for our police officers. I am pushing for full funding of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and have consistently voted against efforts to cut funds from this essential program. I also strongly support the successful Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program - the leading source of crime fighting assistance funds for state and local law enforcement. Byrne JAG is crucial for supporting victim and witness protection programs, providing resources to investigate and prosecute crimes, and equipping our police officers with the technology and equipment to keep our neighborhoods safe.
Finding ways to reduce juvenile crime rates and keep our youth from ever entering the system is also a priority of mine. I support policies that will shift our country away from the ineffective policies of punishment and incarceration, and towards proposals devoted to prevention and intervention. We should focus on efforts like offering individualized treatment plans, hiring of more youth-oriented police officers, and partnering with local community groups who are best able to reach youths in need. With these resources, we can truly make a difference and move these at-risk youth away from gangs and crime and towards schools and jobs.
I believe that as a nation, we are not doing enough to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who seek to cause harm in our communities. The epidemic of mass shootings show us how dangerous it can be when guns land in the wrong hands. Enough is enough. That’s why I support giving the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the authority to research gun violence, reinstating the assault weapons ban, preventing those who are on the No-Fly list from being able to buy a gun, and instituting criminal background checks for every gun sale. Implementing these common-sense steps to prevent gun violence, that the majority of Americans overwhelmingly support, will make our country a safer place for all of us and our future generations.
More on Crime and Safety
Last week, a student pulled a pistol from his backpack and opened fire at Saugus High School in nearby Santa Clarita. Immediately, students, many just 14 or 15 years old, knew what they had to do. Some filed out of school with hands on their heads. Others used desks to barricade their classroom doors and made improvised weapons out of fire extinguishers in case the shooter got through. Many texted their parents to let them know they were alive, desperately trading “I love you”s in case these were their final words.
Washington, DC — Today, for the first time in 25 years, the House of Representatives voted on a major piece of gun violence legislation and passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation expands background checks to cover all sales, closing the “gun show loophole” that allowed private dealers to sell guns without a background check. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:
Washington, DC — Today, Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and John Katko (NY-24) and Senators Kamala. D. Harris (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced H.R. 1228, the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would expedite the disposition process for animals seized in federal animal fighting cases, hold offenders financially responsible for the care of animals in custody, and allow courts to take into account the animals’ welfare when considering legal delays. The bill’s sponsors released the following statements:
Washington, DC — With just days left before a government shutdown, Republican lawmakers continue to insist a border wall is necessary for national security, citing a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statistic that “ten known terrorists a day” are identified or captured at the southern border.
PASADENA, CA — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement in response to Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a shooter took eleven lives:
“I am heartbroken for the victims, families, and congregation of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The terrorist attack there was an attack on every Jewish community. It will not succeed.
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced H.Res. 1076, an anti-gun violence resolution that was inspired by a resolution written by high school students in her district in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Following that attack which killed 17 students and staff members, students in Mr. Jose Sanchez’s civics class at Alhambra High School reached out to President Trump and Congress to demand action to keep themselves and their peers safe. When those calls went unanswered, they drafted legislation of their own.
Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court:
Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2017 marks the 100th day of President Trump’s presidency, a marker used for every President since Franklin Roosevelt. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement regarding the impact of President Trump’s first one hundred days:
Washington, DC – Today, the House unanimously passed H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act. This bill updates the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to prohibit providers of electronic communications, such as email service providers, from knowingly divulging to the government the contents of emails and other electronic communications held in storage.
Pasadena, CA – On Thursday, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted a press conference at the Pasadena Police Department to encourage residents to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Rep. Chu was joined by Phillip Sanchez, the Chief of Police for the City of Pasadena, Carmichael Octave, Lieutenant of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Altadena, and Ryan Hampton, a constituent and prescription drug addiction survivor. Rep. Chu and Chief Sanchez released the following statements: