For Immediate Release • August 13, 2013 • Contact: cachapters [at] bradymail [dot] org
SACRAMENTO – The Brady Campaign and its twenty-five California Chapters today applaud the actions taken by the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee for passing a package of gun reform bills, also known as the LIFE Act (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement). The measures now go to the entire Assembly Appropriations Committee and then on to the full Assembly for consideration.
“The Assembly Public Safety Committee showed outstanding leadership in passing the LIFE Act measures that will help keep guns and ammunition away from dangerous people and decisively close loopholes in California's assault weapons law to reduce the proliferation of rapid-rate-of-fire weaponry,” said Dallas Stout, President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Led by their Legislation & Policy Chair Amanda Wilcox, the California Brady Campaign’s chapters, have been squarely focused on garnering support for the LIFE Act from key organizations and law enforcement officials, since the beginning of the year, “My husband, Nick, and I lost our daughter to gun violence 12 years ago. Since then, we have gone to the State Capitol every week to fight for sensible gun laws to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We will continue to work and we applaud the work of our chapters in getting their legislators to support these bills,” said Wilcox.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said, “We urge the full Assembly to pass the LIFE Act measures and we urge Governor Brown to sign them into law.”
SB 374 (Steinberg) - Simplifies California’s assault weapons law by prohibiting future sale of semi-automatic centerfire rifles with exchangeable ammunition magazines that enable rapid reload. PRIORITY
SB 396 (Hancock) - Limits possession of large capacity (greater than 10 rounds) ammunition magazines. PRIORITY
SB 47 (Yee) - Strengthens California’s assault weapons law by closing the “bullet button” loophole that allows for easily exchangeable magazines.
SB 567 (Jackson) - Limits rifled bore shotguns with high capacity revolving ammunition cylinders.
SB 683 (Block) - Expands the Handgun Safety Certificate program to include all firearms.
SB 755 (Wolk) - Expands the list of misdemeanor categories that carry a ten-year prohibition from firearms purhase or possession, inclding two DUI offenses within a three-year period.