California: Three supported bills advance out of committee

Scored Votes

Assembly Public Safety Committee

✔AB 164 - Firearms: prohibited persons and

AB 339 - Gun violence restraining orders

passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee by unanimous 8-0 votes.

AB 164 prevents a person who is barred from purchasing or possessing a firearm in another state from purchasing or possessing a firearm in California.

AB 339 requires municipal police departments, sheriffs departments, the California Highway Patrol, and college and university police departments to develop and adopt written standards pertaining to gun violence restraining orders.

✔ AJR 5 - Firearm safety passed the committee on a party-line 6-1 vote.

This bill would urge the federal government to pass California-style universal background check legislation in the US Congress.

LEAPer Buffy Wicks, a member of the Public Safety Committee, voted for all three bills.

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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.


New bill would bar California from profiting from gun sales

From NBC7 San Diego:

California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria introduced Friday Assembly Bill 893, legislation that would ban the sale of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, territory located with Gloria’s district. The politician said the bill is part of his efforts to make San Diego-area neighborhoods safer by reducing the number of guns on the streets.

“There is an ever apparent link between the gun violence we see virtually every week and the number of guns in our communities,” Gloria said in a press release. “Additionally, the State of California should not be profiting or benefiting from the sale of firearms. This bill demonstrates that we value people over guns and public safety above all.”

The Del Mar Fairgrounds is owned by the state of California and managed and operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association.


California: slate of new gun regulations introduced in state legislature

California Democrats are continuing to file gun regulatory legislation in the California Assembly and Senate this week. LEAP Forward has added the following bills to the California Report Card and will be scoring action on them as they move through the legislative process:

AB 879 by Asm. Mike Gipson - to require the sale of ‘precursor gun parts’ to be sold through a licensed vendor, with restrictions on the type of and frequency of the sale of these items. LEAP Forward is scoring support.

AB 893 by Asm. Todd Gloria - would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition (except for gun buy-backs) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. LEAP Forward is scoring support.

SB 376 by Sen. Anthony Portantino - would define the “infrequent” sale exemption from the firearm dealer license requirement as meaning less than six transactions in a calendar year. LEAP Forward is scoring support.

SB 390 by Tom Umberg - would require school security officers and security guards to complete a training course regardless of the number of hours that officer works per week (current law only requires the training for officers who work more than 20 hours). It would also require the training to be completed annually. LEAP Forward is scoring support.


California AB 18 Would Use Taxes on Firearms to Fund Victim Assistance

“The goal is fewer gun deaths,” [author Mark] Levine said. “The gun tax will support the kind of interventions that make gun violence less likely in the first place which is exactly what we need to do.”

AB 18 would fund the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, which awarded more than $8 million in grants to communities impacted by gun violence in 2018.

CalVIP, which is overseen by the Board of State and Community Corrections, issues grants to cities as well as community-based organizations.

LEAP Forward is tracking AB 18 and will be grading action on this bill as it works its way through the California Assembly.


California SB 55 is the First of It's Kind: a Bill Born of Research

California SB 55, introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and being graded by LEAP Forward, has the distinction of being the first piece of legislation to come directly from research done by the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC). From Blanca Garcia, Santa Barbara Independent:

Historically, Congress has not allowed the federal Centers for Disease Control to collect data on gun violence, said Jackson, and there has been no data to show cause and effect. Now that the research is being conducted, “It is our responsibility to respond aggressively [to the data] to stop as much violence as we can,” she said.

The bill is based on research conducted in 2017 by UCFC Director Dr. Garen J. Wintemute. It revealed that more than one-third of individuals convicted of alcohol-related crimes were arrested for a violent or firearm-related crime within 14 years of purchasing a handgun. “Prior convictions for alcohol-related crime may be an important predictor of risk of future criminal activity among purchasers of firearms,” wrote Wintemute and his colleagues in their abstract.