October 3, 2016
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
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BRADY CAPS OFF HISTORIC CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE SESSION WITH ANOTHER VICTORY AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
After months of lobbying and advocacy work, Brady Campaign gets eight strong gun violence prevention bills signed into law
Governor signs historic number of gun reform bills into law during 2016 session
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After months of lobbying, testifying, and hands-on activism, the 28 California chapters of the Brady Campaign celebrate as Governor Brown signs into law the eighth life-saving gun violence prevention bill this legislative session. No other California session in more than 25 years has yielded more robust gun reform bills.
The bill signed into law today will help cut down on stolen handguns by requiring all persons, including law enforcement officers, to keep them locked up while left in unoccupied vehicles.
The California chapters of the Brady Campaign played a vital role in fighting for each one of these bills, working side-by-side with lawmakers the entire way and often serving as the sole testimony in support during hearings.
Among the bills passed this session is SB 1235, which will require a background check for all ammunition sales, keeping bullets out of the hands of violent felons, domestic abusers, and those who are dangerously mentally ill. Additional legislation stops dangerous people from getting their hands on high capacity magazines and rapid-fire rifles, just like the kind used in the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting.
Peggy McCrum, President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign, said, "It's incredible to wrap up this already historic legislative session with yet another win. This is a sign of the times. When it comes to gun safety and protecting our citizens, the Golden State really is the gold standard. While the U.S. Congress continues to do nothing about gun violence, Brady supporters, bold legislators, and the governor himself have been building a safer California. We are winning the fight against gun violence at the state level and I have no doubt that our success will echo across the country. "It goes without saying that these victories simply would not have been possible without the stalwart leadership and tenacity of Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles). Senator de Leon spent countless hours negotiating and pushing a package of bills. He knew they were just that important to the safety of all Californians."
The California gun safety bills signed into law this summer:
- SB 1235 (De León) - requires licensing of ammunition vendors by the Department of Justice and background checks for ammunition purchasers.
- SB 1446 (Hancock) - prohibits possession of large-capacity magazines (magazines holding more than 10 rounds).
- SB 880 (Hall and Glazer) & AB 1135 (Levine and Ting) – strengthens CA's assault weapons ban by closing the "bullet button" loophole that allows for the rapid exchange of magazines and quick reload.
- AB 857 (Cooper) - regulates self-manufactured/assembled guns, or "ghost guns", by requiring a DOJ-issued serial number, background check and record. Prohibits the sale or transfer of self-manufactured/assembled guns. Requires any person who owns a firearm that does not bear a serial number to apply for a DOJ-issued serial number.
- AB 1511 (Santiago and Chiu) - limits the loan of firearms to immediate family, or to a licensed hunter whom the owner knows personally.
- AB 1695 (Bonta) - makes it a crime to make a false report of a stolen firearm to law enforcement in order to deter straw purchasers.
- SB 869 (Hill) - requires all persons, including law enforcement, to safely store handguns when leaving them unattended in a vehicle by securing them in a locked container out of plain view or in the trunk.
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.