BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE / California Brady Campaign Chapters
For Immediate Release - October 11, 2013 - Contact: media [at] bradynetwork [dot] org
SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Jerry Brown sent conflicting messages to Californians today by vetoing key gun reform policies while signing other measures into law. In particular, the Governor vetoed measures that would have closed dangerous loopholes in California’s assault weapon law (SB 374) and prevented easy access to firearms by people who have shown dangerous or risky conduct related to serious alcohol or substance abuse (SB 755).
“We are disappointed that the Governor vetoed important gun reform bills designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Dr. Dallas Stout, President of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We know that these gun policies work and would have saved lives.”
Governor Brown did sign other substantial gun reform bills into law. This includes AB 500 that requires safe storage of firearms in homes where a severely mentally ill person, a felon, or other prohibited person resides, and AB 48 that prohibits large-capacity ammunition magazine “conversion kits” that are used to subvert California’s law to restrict massive firepower of certain weapons.
“California did make strides today, but we wish Governor Brown had done more. There is more work to be done when Californians are still in danger of gun violence every day,” added Stout.
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