Posts in California
Senator Portantino’s Gun Control Legislative Package Passes California State Senate

This week, SB 61, SB 172, and SB 376 all authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the California State Senate. The three bills further establish Portantino’s leadership as one of California’s strongest sensible gun control advocates. His efforts over the past decade have significantly improved California’s gun control efforts and have enhance public safety in neighborhoods and main streets across our state.

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On the five-year anniversary of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s Senate Bill 55, which would restrict gun ownership among Californians with repeated convictions of certain alcohol offenses, passed off the Senate floor today on a 26 to 10 vote. The bill now heads to the Assembly. Senate Bill 55is based on research by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), which found an increased risk of future gun violence among firearm owners with certain alcohol-related convictions.

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Should guns be seized from those who pose threats? More states saying yes to red flag laws

If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns?

Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law.

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Commentary: Why gun show should be banned at Del Mar Fairgrounds

According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check, over 900,000 firearms were sold in California in 2017. While the overwhelming majority of these firearms involved no illegality, there is growing evidence that America’s gun violence epidemic is driven by the sheer volume and availability of guns. Given this fact, the question before us is whether the state of California should provide another venue for more gun purchases.

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