BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE - For Immediate Release - September 13, 2013 - Contact: shamilton [at] bradymail [dot] org
One of many state victories that show momentum for sensible gun reform
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Brady Campaign and its twenty-five California Chapters applaud the actions taken by the California State Assembly this week for passing a package of gun reform bills, also known as the LIFE Act (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement). The measures now go to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. California has the strongest gun safety laws in the nation according to the Brady Campaign State Scorecard.
“The Assembly listened to the voices of Californians by passing the LIFE Act measures that will help keep guns away from dangerous people. The legislation decisively closes loopholes in California's assault weapons law that will help reduce the proliferation of rapid-rate-of-fire weaponry,” said Dr. Dallas Stout, President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We now call on Governor Brown to quickly sign these bills into law.”
“California’s passing of the LIFE Act shows that when the legislators listen to the voice of the people, not the corporate gun lobby, significant gun safety measures can be achieved. The momentum is on our side, as California, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Illinois, and Maryland have all thumbed their nose at the corporate gun lobby and passed life-saving gun reform legislation,” said Dan Gross, President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Over the last six months, the California Brady Campaign Chapters rallied tens of thousands of its members to make calls, send emails and met with Assembly Members and State Senators. They also joined local law enforcement officials, faith leaders and others to effectively advocate for passage of stronger gun reform laws.
“These victories show how meaningful change can happen when elected officials listen to the voices of their constituents,” continued Stout. “It also shows the effectiveness of how a dedicated group of volunteers, led by the California Brady Campaign Chapters, can prevail against the big money of the corporate gun lobby.”
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.
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 purchase or possession, including two DUI offenses within a three-year period.
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