September 1, 2016
SACRAMENTO - President of the 28 California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Peggy McCrum, issued the following statement endorsing Proposition 63, the Safety for All initiative.
"Voting 'yes' on Proposition 63 is a no-brainer for any Californian who wants to keep guns out of the hands of violent felons and domestic abusers. Plain and simple, the policies contained in Prop. 63 are going to save lives. Keeping guns away from dangerous people is something we all can, and should, get behind. That's why Brady is all-in to help ensure victory at the ballot box in November. The California Chapters of the Brady Campaign have seen historic success this year, helping usher in seven new gun reform laws. And we are committed to see this important initiative through as well. Californians are ready for this."
Proposition 63 will keep guns out of dangerous hands by providing a clear process for the timely relinquishment of firearms by prohibited persons. Proposition 63 will also help identify and prosecute straw buyers and cut down on illegal gun trafficking by requiring the reporting of lost and stolen guns. We know gun traffickers use the excuse that their guns were lost or stolen when crime guns are traced back to them.
Proposition 63 will build upon the significant legislation already signed into law this year. Led by the California chapters of the Brady Campaign and key allies in the state Senate and Assembly, seven public safety measures have been enacted this session. It's the greatest number of gun violence prevention bills signed into California law in more than 25 years. Among them are bold new laws requiring background checks for ammunition purchasers and licensing of ammunition vendors. Important legislation was also passed to strengthen California’s laws keeping high capacity ammunition magazines and weapons of war, like the guns used in the San Bernardino shooting, out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and those who are dangerously mentally ill. Additionally, a law was enacted to make sure that people who make or assemble their own guns pass a background check.
The California chapters of the Brady Campaign played a vital role in fighting for each one of the new laws, working side-by-side with lawmakers the entire way and driving tens of thousands of emails and calls into the offices of lawmakers.