California Chapters

2016 California Bills

See a list of state bills the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence support.

New Firearms Restraining Order Law Can Save Lives

On January 1, 2016, an important gun law went into effect in California. This new law establishes a process to allow law enforcement and immediate family members to petition the court to obtain a Firearms Restraining Order when a person is at risk of injury to self or others by having a firearm. The order would temporarily prohibit the purchase or possession of firearms while the order is in effect. Read moreDownload Fact Sheet

California’s Gun Laws are Saving Lives

California has enacted the strongest firearm laws in the nation and consistently ranks #1 on the Brady Campaign’s annual state scorecard. California has done the best job in the country adopting laws designed to make it harder for criminals and other dangerous people to access dangerous weapons. Among other benefits, these laws have: helped combat illegal firearms trafficking, reduced firearm homicides and suicides, and enabled law enforcement to seize weapons from prohibited persons. Most recently, California passed the Gun Violence Restraining Order law that will allow immediate family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from someone temporarily if they believe there is a possible risk of injury or death.

However, more must be done at both the state and federal levels to make our communities safer. Over 6,000 people are shot in California each year, nearly half of them die. In the U.S., firearm laws remain the weakest of all industrialized nations. Weak federal firearm laws undermine California’s efforts to reduce its gun violence. In spite of this, California’s gun laws have proved effective in saving lives. Read more

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Peggy McCrum Statement on San Bernardino Shooting

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Nick and Amanda Wilcox honored by Brady Campaign at National Summit

Washington - During the organization’s annual National Summit, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross recognized Nevada County activists Nick and Amanda Wilcox for their decade of tireless work fighting gun violence in California. Read the full press release.

Safer Schools Secured in California as Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB 707 In To Law

“Governor Brown made the right call today in signing SB 707,” said Peggy McCrum, President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “This legislation has been a priority for us and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition.” Read the full press release and read our success story

Los Angeles City Attorney receives "Excellence in Leadership Award" by the 26 chapters of the California Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


CA Brady Campaign Applauds CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for Bold Firearms Safe Storage Letter

SACRAMENTO - On May 13, 2015, California Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) Tom Torlakson sent a letter to all California school districts, charter schools, and private school coordinators urging the administrators to embark on an education campaign for the safe storage of any firearm(s) in the home. The California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence applaud SPI Torlakson and the California Department of Education (CDE) for this effort to prevent school shootings by educating parents and guardians about California’s child access prevention laws. Read the full press release.

California Chapters Elect a new State Council President

San Francisco, Calif. – Longtime gun violence prevention advocate and local chapter leader Peggy McCrum, of Long Beach, has been elected the new President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Ms. McCrum was elected by the 25 California Chapters of the Brady Campaign during its 12th annual conference where gun violence prevention leaders from around the state gathered to celebrate legislative successes and strategize for the upcoming year. The conference is the largest gathering of the gun violence prevention leaders in the state. Read the full press release.

Assembly Member Nancy Skinner Receives “Excellence in Leadership” Award

The prestigious honor recognizes Assembly Member Skinner’s level of commitment and leadership in passing gun violence prevention reforms in the state. Read the full press release.


Victory! AB 1014 has been signed into law

Gov. Brown Signs New Gun Violence Restraining Order in Wake of Isla Vista Shooting:  Read the Press Release


CA Schools Can Do More to Protect Students from Gun Violence!

Attention: Teachers, Parents, PTA, Principals, and School Superintendents!


The California Brady Campaign Chapters have launched a Safe Storage Saves Lives!

SCHOOL OFFICIALS can help protect students from accidental and/or intentional shootings by reminding gun-owning parents they have a responsibility to safely store their firearms. There have been many instances of children bringing guns to school in California. Often the child has obtained the weapon from his/her home. It is the responsibility of school officials and parents to do everything possible to keep children safe at school. And, by law, it is the responsibility of parents to make sure their firearms are safely and securely stored. Read the full Safe Storage Saves Lives!

Torlakson English Memo
Torlakson Spanish Memo 
Torlakson: Safe Storage and Firearms 

About CA Chapters - A message from our State President

California Brady Campaign Chapters educate and mobilize their communities to advocate for sensible responsible gun laws, regulations, and public policies at the local, state, and national levels.

We invite you to join us. You may want to become a member of a local Chapter, form a Chapter in your own community, be part of our email information network, or make a donation to the Brady Campaign. Whatever contribution you wish to make, your participation is welcome. Please contact us. We will direct you to members of our organization working in your own area.

Together, let's make the coming years a time when gun violence decreases dramatically and our communities in California become healthier and safer.

You may also click here to view a video brochure of stories that honor loved ones killed by gun violence. Or click here to download a .pdf brochure of stories, funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as a private, independent foundation, TCWF's mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Best Regards,

Peggy McCrum
President, California Brady Campaign Chapters

Brady Campaign Applauds California’s Microstamping Law

(Washington, DC)-- After years of countless delays, the cutting-edge ‘Microstamping’ law in California has recently gone into effect.  The law requires all new semi-automatic handguns to come equipped with technology that stamps each bullet casing with intentional markings that indicate the make, model and serial number of the firearm.  The legislation, authored by former Assembly Member Mike Feuer, was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the implementation was delayed due to patent issues over the years.  The Brady Campaign and its California Chapters were instrumental in securing passage of the legislation and the bill was their top priority in 2007.  The legislation was also supported by 65 police chiefs and sheriffs throughout the state... Read More


Protect Our California Veterans From Suicide

A GUN + Depressed Veteran can = Suicide

According to the Secretary for California’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 11% of active duty military entered the service from California. Therefore, we can expect an influx of recently discharged veterans to return to California in the next few years.

In a 2009 study conducted at Stanford University, the authors estimated that about 35 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, or about 700,000, will be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Further, according to a report of the Veterans Administration, a diagnosis of PTSD is highly related to suicide among veterans. Since veterans have experience with guns and usually own guns, suicide with guns is highly likely. It is, therefore, paramount that educational programs be launched to inform the public and veterans groups of this relationship in order to reduce the incidence of suicide with guns among veterans. Read More

California Brady Chapters and Million Mom March 15 Year Anniversary Backgrounder



Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

California Brady Chapter volunteers are moms, dads, sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers, friends and neighbors. They are all ages and from all walks of life. They are united in their commitment to stop the carnage and devastation from gun violence and to make their communities safe for children.

Whether you're interested in volunteering a couple of times a year or a couple of times a week, there's a place for you in the California Brady Campaign Chapters!

Contra Costa

Long Beach

Los Angeles

Marin County

Napa County


Oakland/Alameda County

Riverside County

Sacramento Valley

San Diego

San Fernando Valley

San Francisco

San Joaquin Valley

San Luis Obispo

San Mateo County

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara County

Santa Cruz County

Solano County

Sonoma County

South Bay Los Angeles

Tri-City Alameda County

Ventura County

Yolo County

If you have general questions, please email Brady's chapter coordinator at cachapters [at] bradymail [dot] org