THE BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE
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October 27, 2014
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Assembly Member Nancy Skinner Receives “Excellence in Leadership” Award
From California Brady Campaign Chapters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and its 25 California Chapters honored Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) with its “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.
“We are so fortunate to have Assembly Member Skinner’s leadership in the California legislature, and we can’t thank her enough for introducing AB 1014 that Gov. Brown signed into law last month,” said Dr. Dallas Stout, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The new law creates a “Gun Violence Restraining Order” which provides new legal tools for protecting loved ones and the public from the danger of gun violence. “Because of Assembly Member Skinner’s leadership, California has a new law that will help save lives, and now other states are following our lead to introduce the same legislation in state legislatures across the country in 2015.”
Since winning election for the Assembly in 2008, Assembly Member Skinner has been leading on the issue of gun violence prevention, both as a member of the Assembly Public Safety Committee and through carrying her own gun violence prevention bills that were signed into law. In addition to AB 1014, Assembly Member Skinner authored AB 48 that prohibits the purchase of large capacity ammunition magazines and the transfer of large capacity magazine conversion kits. She also authored AB 1131 that extends the prohibition for persons making serious threats of violence against an identified victim from six months to five years and requires courts and hospitals to transmit mental health determination to the California Department of Justice within 24 hours. Both bills were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013.
California Brady chapter leaders presented Skinner with the award at their annual conference last weekend in Foster City. “Assembly Member Skinner’s dedication and perseverance on this issue throughout her career has helped to make California a safer place to live for children and families, and her work has inspired others to act,” continued Stout.
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