California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a graduate of the University of Maryland, announced Monday that he will join the ever-growing field of Democratic presidential candidates with a platform focused on gun control.
While Swalwell is only 38 years old, he is already in his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and has voted on a number of measures involving gun ownership rights and regulations.
So as the man once known as “Bahama Bob” at Maryland prepares to challenge an already large field of candidates, we take a look back at how he has voted on the issue.
University of Maryland alumnus Eric Swalwell, a four-term San Francisco Bay Area congressman who has grown into a cable TV fixture as a slashing and unremitting critic of President Donald Trump, formally announced Monday his long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
By Mark Z. Barabak
Apr 08, 2019 at 8:30 PM
2014: Prohibiting D.C. from enacting certain firearm laws
Early in Swalwell’s career, the then-Republican controlled House looked to prevent Washington’s city government from implementing certain firearms laws by prohibiting officials from using federally appropriated funds to do so.
In an amendment to an appropriations bill that funded various federal agencies such as the Department of Treasury and the IRS, a largely Republican-led group looked to restrict the district’s ability to enforce three laws passed by city government dating to 2008.
The amendment, sponsored by Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, ultimately passed the House with staunch Republican support, although some Democrats did join their Republican colleagues, including fellow California Rep. John Garamendi.
California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell visited Iowa last weekend, the first Democrat to make a stop in the state after the 2018 midterm elections. The 38-year-old began his career in politics as a student activist and a member of the University of Maryland's student government association.
Three years later, a controversial bill looked to expand veterans’ access to firearms by allowing those deemed mentally incompetent to buy guns unless they were found by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others.
The bill’s supporters said it was the result of a federal law in which veterans who had been assigned fiduciaries — people who manage their finances — could be deemed mentally incompetent without a court ruling.
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While the bill passed, again largely on the back of a still Republican-controlled House, Swalwell joined the majority of his Democratic colleagues in voting “no” against the measure, according to votesmart.org.
However, with Republicans in control of the Senate and President Donald Trump’s stated opposition and intent to veto the bill were it to ever cross his desk, it’s likely a political nonstarter currently.