As State Senator, Jay Chaudhuri will take on Republicans to push for stronger gun control laws that will keep guns out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence and those who are on the terrorist watch list.


Columbine. Blacksburg. Newtown. Charleston. San Bernadino. In 2015, we had 329 mass shootings resulting in more than 13,000 deaths and more than 26,000 injuries. That’s almost one shooting per day during the year. And in North Carolina alone, a gun kills somebody every eight hours. Jay supports a commonsense approach to address gun violence, including expanding background checks for all guns, barring access to those on the terrorist watch list and domestic abusers, and preventing school violence.


  • As Special Counsel to Attorney General Roy Cooper, he designed a nationally-recognized school safety kit. In partnership with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Center for Prevention of School Violence, Jay developed the Critical Incident Response Kit that helps educators and law enforcement develop and prepare an emergency plan for a school shooting. The kit was distributed to every private, public and charter school in the State. In 2013, after the Newtown school shooting, a national task force led by Vice President Joe Biden recommended that all schools develop an emergency response similar to the Attorney General’s school safety kit.
  • As Special Counsel to Attorney General Roy Cooper, he helped put in place a new law enforcement training that has saved lives. To help law enforcement respond to school violence, Jay worked with the North Carolina Justice Academy and SBI to introduce rapid deployment training. This technique teaches law enforcement officers – who are first on the scene in a shooting – to assemble a team, enter the building, and locate and subdue the assailant. During a school shooting, such training can save lives, and in September 2006 it did. An Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy responded immediately when a former student began shooting at a high school and was able to stop the shooter before any students were seriously injured. “Orange High School is proof that [rapid deployment training] works,” he said.
  • As Special Counsel to Attorney General Roy Cooper, he led the Attorney General’s Campus Safety Task Force. Two days after the Virginia Tech shootings, Attorney General Cooper established the Campus Safety Task Force designed to recommend ways to prevent and respond to similar shootings. Specifically, the Task Force recommended that court clerks enter mental health commitments into a national database that provides information for gun permit background checks. In 2008, that recommendation became law, closing the same loophole that allowed the Virginia Tech shooter to obtain guns.



  • Fight to maintain background checks for handgun sales. During the last legislative session, extreme gun rights activists tried to undo a requirement to obtain a permit and undergo a background check before purchasing a handgun, even for unlicensed dealers.  Jay will fight to make sure that such background checks for handgun sales remain in place.
  • Require a background check for all gun sales. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the biggest gap in federal firearms laws is the “private sale” loophole. Federal law requires licensed gun dealers to carry out background checks on potential firearms purchasers; however, it does not require “private” unlicensed sellers to run such background checks. Today, 40 percent of all guns transferred in our country take place through these unlicensed sellers. The lack of such checks has real consequences for North Carolina: according to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, North Carolina is a top 20 crime gun exporter. While North Carolina requires a background check for handgun sales, it does not extend to all gun sales, including military-style weapons and weapons sold at gun shows. The most commonsense way to make sure guns are not sold to terrorists and domestic abusers is to require all private sales to be processed through a licensed dealer or law enforcement.


  • Close the terrorist watch list loophole. In December 2015, Attorney General Cooper borrowed an idea from Republican Governor Chris Christie and urged the legislature to pass legislation that prohibits any suspected terrorist on the FBI watch list from purchasing firearms. According to the United States Government Accounting Office, between 2004 and 2014, more than 2,000 suspected terrorists were allowed to purchase guns, a 91 percent success rate. Jay will fight to close the terrorist watch list loophole.
  • Stop domestic abusers from buying guns. Many tragic incidents could have been prevented if North Carolina had a law that stopped domestic violence abusers or stalkers from possessing a gun. Jay will fight to make sure that our State closes the domestic violence loophole.


  • Provide funding for more school psychologists and counselors. Behavioral specialists such as school psychologists and counselors are critical in identifying students that may ultimately pose a threat. However, our state average of one school psychologist for every 2,000 students is below the national standard of one for every 700 students. Our state average of one school counselor for every 375 students falls below the average of one for every 250 students. Jay will push for more funding for school psychologists and counselors so school districts have the assistance they need.

Providing a World-Class Education

As the father of two young children, Jay believes nothing is more important than ensuring children are able to reach their potential. In the Senate, he will fight every day to restore the funding Republicans cut from public schools, to raise teacher salaries to above the national average, and to reduce the amount of classroom time spent on high-stakes standardized testing.

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Building an Economy for All North Carolinians

As State Senator, Jay Chaudhuri will focus on creating jobs, growing the local economy, and reducing inequality between the rich and the poor. His plan to make the economy more fair includes cutting taxes for working and middle class families by making the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share, raising the minimum wage, and making sure women receive equal pay for equal work.

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Standing Up for Women

Jay Chaudhuri is one hundred percent pro-choice and committed to protecting funding for Planned Parenthood. In the State Senate, he will fight the extremists in the legislature who want to put politicians between women and their doctors.

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Reducing Gun Violence

As State Senator, Jay Chaudhuri will take on Republicans to push for stronger gun control laws that will keep guns out of the hands of those who commit domestic violence and those who are on the terrorist watch list.

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Protecting Our Environment and Creating Green Jobs

Jay Chaudhuri is a champion for North Carolina's environment. In the State Senate, he will crack down on the big coal companies that pollute our rivers and air - and will work to combat climate change by making clean, renewable energy like wind and solar more accessible and affordable for North Carolina families and businesses.

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Restoring our Democracy

Jay Chaudhuri believes special interests have too much control over state government and the voices of everyday North Carolinians are getting drowned out. In the State Senate, Jay will fight to get money out of politics and push for a more restrictive revolving-door policy for legislators.

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Expand Medicaid | Fight Discrimination

Jay Chaudhuri will take on Republicans who refused to expand Medicaid. And Jay believes it is wrong that North Carolina law allows an employer to fire an employee just because they're gay.

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