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.
President, California Brady Campaign Chapters
2018 California Firearm Legislation
California Brady Campaign PRIORITY Bills:
- AB 2222 (Quirk)
- Strengthens firearm tracing and crime gun investigation by requiring all law enforcement agencies within the state to enter information on recovered firearms into a state database within seven days.
- SB 1100 (Portantino & Bonta)
- Raises the minimum age to purchase a long gun from a licensed firearms dealer from 18 to 21 in order to keep rifles, shotguns, and lower receivers out of potentially dangerous hands.
- SB 1200 (Skinner)
- Improves the process for obtaining a Gun Violence Restraining Order, including waiving the filing and service fees, and ensures that all firearms and magazines are relinquished when an order is issued so that people at risk of harm to self or others are disarmed.
California Brady Campaign SUPPORTS the following bills:
- AB 1927 (Bonta)
- Seeks to prevent suicide for those who worry about acting on suicidal thoughts by requiring Cal DOJ to study options for allowing a person to voluntarily register himself or herself in a database that prohibits the person from being able to purchase a firearm.
- AB 2103 (Gloria)
- Ensures proper qualification and training for a carry concealed weapon (CCW) license by requiring a live-fire test and a minimum of 8 hours of training.
- AB 2382 (Gipson)
- Regulates the sale of unfinished frames and receivers and other firearm precursor parts, including a requirement to conduct a background check by cross-checking state databases, to prevent purchase by persons prohibited from possessing firearms and to prevent untraceable self-assembled guns.
- AB 2526 (Rubio)
- Clarifies emergency temporary gun violence restraining order procedures for law enforcement and the courts to ensure that time-sensitive orders are issued efficiently and effectively when there is immediate and present danger by having a firearm.
- AB 2781 (Low)
- Requires specified law enforcement agencies in California to obtain and submit ballistic images from firearms and expended cartridge cases associated with crime guns into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) database or a similar automated ballistic identification system to aid in investigating and solving gun crimes.
- AB 2817 (Santiago)
- Prevents firearm suicide by updating gun lending laws to allow gun owners at risk of suicide to give their firearm(s) to a person outside of their immediate family for safekeeping on a temporary and strictly specified basis.
- AB 3129 (Rubio)
- Imposes a lifetime firearm prohibition on anyone convicted of a misdemeanor violation of willful infliction of corporal injury upon a spouse, cohabitant, or other specified person in order to enable better enforcement of the federal prohibition and to keep weapons out of dangerous hands.
- AB 2888 (Ting)
- Enables an employer, a coworker, or an employee of a high school or college to petition the court for a gun violence restraining order to temporarily prohibit a person at risk of harm to self or others from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
- SB 746 (Portantino)
- Allows a person who is prohibited from possessing firearms because of an outstanding warrant for a felony or prohibiting misdemeanor, to transfer his or her firearms or ammunition to a licensed firearms dealer for the duration of the prohibition; and strengthens California’s regulation of self-assembled/manufactured or 3D-printed “ghost guns”.
- SB 1177 (Portantino)
- Limits long gun purchases to 1 gun within a 30-day period in order to reduce gun trafficking and keep rifles, shotguns, and lower receivers out of dangerous hands.
- SB 1185 (Hill)
- Requires law enforcement agencies to keep track of all firearms by adopting certain procedures, including maintaining and updating their firearm inventory, annually reconciling their inventory with firearms in possession, and reporting lost or stolen firearms.
- SB 1281 (Stern)
- Prohibits the destruction of sealed records to enable the enforcement of a firearm prohibition until the age of 30 for those who, as a juvenile, committed certain offenses.
- SB 1346 (Jackson)
- Clarifies in statute that bump fire stocks and bump fire stock attachments are prohibited in California.
- SJR 24 (Jackson)
- Urges Congress and the President to reauthorize and strengthen the federal assault weapons ban, and calls on CalPERS to engage with companies in which it is invested that sell or manufacture firearms to facilitate their withdrawal from the activity or, if a company refuses, to produce a plan to divest from the company.
- SCR 151 (Pan)
- Proclaims June 21, 2018 as ASKING SAVES KIDS DAY and encourages parents to ask if there is a gun in homes where their children visit and play, promotes secure firearm storage, and encourages public health and medical professionals to discuss gun ownership, gun safety, and safe storage with their patients and parents of minors.
California Brady Campaign OPPOSES the following bills:
- AB 1931 (Fong)
- Extends the duration of a carry concealed weapon (CCW) license from 2 to 5 years.
- AB 2733 (Harper)
- Repeals requirement for new models of handguns to be equipped with microstamping technology that aids in identifying crime guns and armed criminals.
- AB 2860 (Allen)
- Repeals unsafe handgun act statutes that require handguns to meet basic safety standards and have certain features.
- AB 3026 (Melendez)
- Considers good cause for a carry concealed weapon (CCW) license to include self-defense without a specific threat, the California Constitution, or the value of concealed firearms in deterring violent crime; and allows a resident of another state to apply for a CCW permit from any sheriff within California.
- SB 1092 (Anderson)
- Allows possession of silencers and their use on long guns while hunting; prohibits attaching silencers to handguns.
Governor Brown signed into law two bills that will help keep guns out of dangerous hands. The 28 California Brady Campaign Chapters worked tirelessly all year to see these bills through the California Legislature and get them to the Governor's desk.… READ MORE
With bipartisan support, the California State Assembly passed SB 536, a firearm violence research bill. Senator Richard Pan's (D-Sacramento) bill will make information related to Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) available to researchers affiliated with the newly established University of California Firearm Violence Research Center or other nonprofit educational institutions or public agencies focused on the study and prevention of violence.… READ MORE
Within his first 100 Days in office, Donald Trump's Administration took several steps to attempt to rollback and undermine the Brady background check system to include his Justice Department allowing people with outstanding arrest warrants to buy guns.… READ MORE
Just hours after news broke of a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, shots were fired in a UPS building in San Francisco, CA. Multiple people have been confirmed dead and injured… READ MORE
SACRAMETNO, Calif. May 30, 2017 – Today, the California Senate passed SB 497 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D, La Canada Flintridge) to limit the number of new rifles and shotguns an individual can purchase in California to one long gun per month… READ MORE
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. May 10, 2017 – Longtime Orange County residents and leaders of the O.C. Brady Campaign chapter, Mary Leigh & Charlie Blek, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Gun Violence Prevention Summit in Washington… READ MORE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 4, 2017 – Today with bipartisan support, the California Assembly passed The Disarm Hate Act, to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of hate crimes… READ MORE
After months of lobbying and advocacy work, Brady Campaign gets eight strong gun violence prevention bills signed into law… READ MORE
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… READ MORE
California has enacted the strongest firearm laws in the nation and consistently ranks #1 on the Brady Campaign’s annual state scorecard… READ MORE
Peggy McCrum, President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the San Bernardino mass shooting… READ MORE
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 MORE
California’s learning institutions are markedly safer as Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 707 in to law on October 10, 2015. The new law, carried by Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis), will help keep concealed, loaded guns off of California university campuses and K-12 school grounds… READ MORE
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… READ MORE
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… READ MORE
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… READ MORE
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the “Gun Violence Restraining Order (AB 1014)” authored by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that will allow 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… READ MORE
After years of countless delays, the cutting-edge ‘Microstamping’ law in California has recently gone into effect… READ MORE
In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that 18 military veterans die by suicide every day. More veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have died by their own hand than died from enemy fire… READ MORE