Jimmy Panetta on Gun Control



Mental illness is often the root of gun violence

Mental illness touches all of our families and communities. Whether it's the challenges we face from gun violence, Veterans returning from combat with service related illnesses, or homelessness--mental health is often the root of the problem. Based on his work in the criminal justice system, Jimmy witnessed the untold suffering and unmet needs of those with mental health issues. Jimmy believes that we need to break down the stigma of seeking treatment for mental disorders, expand access for care, get the homeless off the streets and into housing with supportive services, and to support people in their road to recovery. We must also expand treatment in our VA Clinics and develop more community mental health centers on the Central Coast. Jimmy's goal is to ensure that we include mental health care in our schools for early intervention and in our substance abuse treatment programs--and ultimately make mental health programs both accessible and affordable.
Source: 2016 CA House campaign website JimmyPanettaForCongress.com , Nov 8, 2016

Supports gun-control legislation.

Panetta supports the PVS survey question on gun control

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q10 on Nov 8, 2016

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Panetta voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".