Public Safety & National Security

Rep. Levin’s top concern is keeping his constituents safe from all threats, whether it is the plague of gun violence or preventing unnecessary military conflict. 

As the representative for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Rep. Levin knows that our servicemembers are prepared for any mission, but the military families he represents – like most Americans – do not want unnecessary military conflict.

Rep. Levin voted for legislation to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, which would help strengthen Congressional oversight over war powers and prevent any President from misusing that authorization.

Rep. Levin has also worked across the aisle with Republicans to protect his constituents from the epidemic of gun violence in our country. As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, he helped introduce the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which was the first major congressional action on gun safety in decades when it passed the House in 2019. The landmark bill would institute universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers – including private vendors, online sellers, and sellers at gun shows – with very limited exceptions such as gifts to family members and temporary transfers for hunting.

He also authored the Prevent Family Fire Act of 2019 with Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL) and other colleagues from both parties to reduce gun violence — particularly suicide and accidental shootings — by providing a modest tax credit for retailers to incentivize the sale of safe storage devices for firearms. 

In the 116th Congress, he helped secure $25 million for federal research into our nation’s gun violence epidemic, and cosponsored additional gun safety legislation, such as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019, and Jaime’s Law.