California

James Espinoza lobbies for California bill after losing his brother to suicide

Espinoza reached out to Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, about veterans issues and later with an idea to reduce the number of gun-related suicides.

Those conversations led to Assembly Bill 645, which Irwin introduced earlier this month.

"For me, and my passion behind it, it's really to help another family from having to live through this pain," said Espinoza, a law enforcement officer in Ventura County.

If passed, the bill would require information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on existing labels and posters at gun shops and on gun packaging and the state’s firearm safety certification exam.