California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

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Governor Gavin Newsom (center) and Asm. Steve Bennett (left of center) joining with other state legislators (courtesy photo)
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Source: Office of Assemblymember Steve Bennett

In the wake of another tragedy and inaction at the national level, the Assembly Wednesday advanced a package of six gun violence prevention bills to the Senate, signaling California’s commitment to doing everything possible to take action where the federal government is not.

The group of six Democratic lawmakers – Asm. Mike Gipson (D-Carson), Asm. Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), Asm. Steve Bennett (D-Ventura), Asm. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Asm. Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego), and Asm. Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills) – together brought their bills to a vote on the Assembly Floor. The Members expressed impassioned frustration with Congress’s failure to act on the issues of gun control and gun violence prevention, and emphasized the corresponding need for California to recommit itself with urgency to the fight.

“Our number one job as legislators is to keep our communities safe — and on the issue of gun violence, our federal lawmakers are failing horrifically” said Assemblymember Buffy Wicks. “While we have strong gun violence prevention laws here in California, there’s still so much more that can be done. We must do everything in our power under state law to strengthen protections for our communities, and be an example for other state legislatures to take action where our federal policymakers are not.”

“Thoughts and prayers won’t keep our kids safe. We need real action,” said Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel. “While Senate Republicans continue to obstruct progress, we are committed to moving forward common sense gun safety measures to protect our kids and our communities. When Washington D.C. fails to act, California must lead.”

The bills advancing to the Senate include: 

·        AB 1621 (Gipson) - Limiting Ghost Guns: Increasing Gun Safety in Our Communities
This bill seeks to increase public safety by further restricting “ghost guns” and the parts and kits used to build them, while protecting the rights of legal gun owners in California.

·        AB 2156 (Wicks) - Firearm Manufacturing
This bill would close loopholes that currently allow individuals and corporations to manufacture large numbers of firearms without complying with standard manufacturer requirements. 

·        AB 2552 (McCarty) - Gun Show and Event Regulations
This bill ensures proper background checks at gun shows in California, and increases the safety and oversight of these events to prevent guns and ammo from getting into the wrong hands.

·        AB 1769 (Bennett) - Ventura County Fairgrounds – Gun Show Ban
This bill prohibits the sale of firearms, firearm precursor parts, or ammunition on the property of the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center. 

·        AB 2239 (Maienschein) - 10-Year Gun Ban Expansion
This  bill adds additional misdemeanors to the list of crimes for which the 10-year ban from owning or possessing firearms applies.

·        AB 1929 (Gabriel) - Medi-Cal reimbursement for Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs
This bill will provide Medi-Cal reimbursement for violence prevention services for victims of gun violence and other violent incidents.

Additionally, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) will bring his bill AB 1594 to a vote on the Assembly Floor before the end of the week. The bill will empower California citizens, the state Attorney General and local governments to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms for the harm caused by their products when the state’s strict gun laws aren’t followed. 

The Floor vote followed a press conference with Governor Gavin Newsom, the aforementioned bill authors and other legislative leaders, who together vowed to keep working together to expedite bills aimed at curbing gun violence and increasing safety in California communities.

There remains a great amount of work to do in California to improve community safety for all –  2020 saw record spikes in gun violence nationwide, and California was not an exception. Still, the state continues to lead the nation in terms of gun violence prevention efforts, enacting state laws that have made a critical difference for communities statewide. Researchers have documented how California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order law has helped to prevent dozens of mass shooting attacks against schools, places of worship, workplaces, and the public at large – especially as compared to states with weaker gun laws:

·        In 2020, children in California (0-17 year olds) were more than 40% less likely to be murdered with a gun than children of the same age in Texas. 

·        Laws including stronger domestic violence protections have made women about half as likely to be shot to death in California compared to Texas.  

·        Restrictions on military-style weaponry have helped reduce the likelihood that shootings that occur will become mass casualty events. Three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history have occurred in Texas while Gov. Abbott was Governor.

“We have an epidemic in our country when it comes to gun violence and enough is enough. In California, we want action and will continue to work on gun violence prevention,” said Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. “My bill, AB 2552, ensures proper background checks at gun shows in California and increases the safety and oversight of these events to prevent guns and ammo from getting into the wrong hands. I am proud of the swift action of the Legislature to fast track not only my bill, but other gun reform bills.”

“Unfortunately, the United States experiences far more gun violence per person than virtually every other modern industrialized country in the world,” said Assemblymember Steve Bennett. “And what accounts for this? The United States has one of the most pervasive gun cultures in the world supported by a powerful gun lobby. Gun shows at the Fairgrounds enhance this and it is time for each of us to play a role in changing this culture.”

“Far too often, gun violence tragedies are perpetrated by individuals who have shown previous signs of violence or intent to harm others,” said Assemblymember Brian Maienschein. “AB 2239 would take firearms out of the hands of those charged with child endangerment or elder abuse, ensuring that these dangerous individuals cannot harm our most vulnerable.”

“Today, as AB 1621 and other critical gun reform legislation passed the Assembly and now move to the Senate, and vice versa, it is critical we remain diligent in continuing to push for solutions against rampant gun violence happening across the nation,” said Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson. “We are just 145 days into the year, and as of the Robb Elementary School tragedy in Uvalde, Texas just yesterday, where 19 children and 2 adults had their lives ripped away from them by a coward with an AR-15, the U.S. had its 212th mass shooting.

Gipson continued, “To say that this issue is personal to me is an understatement, and sending thoughts and prayers just isn’t enough. AB 1621, which seeks to eradicate “ghost guns” from our streets, is an important piece in the puzzle to save lives, and it is a common-sense approach toward providing justice for families who have continued to bear the burden of losing a loved one through incidents that could have otherwise been prevented. Almost any style of gun, including an AR-15, can be built at home and remain untraceable. For all communities that have experienced similar tragedies, gun violence is a wildfire that we work diligently to try to contain. And the casualties are our babies, sisters, brothers, friends, and acquaintances - all deserving of life but were cut short of their potential. Enough is enough.”

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Crystalandmaui May 27, 2022 08:09 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

I am deeply saddened , I do feel that if the school was locked , gates locked doors locked, cameras being watched. Maybe this could of been prevented and of course security guards.
Why not security at schools????? This seems to be the place these young unbalanced people go to.
Let’s not take the responsibility away from the parents who have these guns relatively available for their angry kids to get.
So how do we monitor that all registered guns are in a locked safe in these homes.
Parents need to be aware of their children metal stresses get your kids help.

sacjon May 27, 2022 08:36 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

CRYSTAL - In this case, the shooter purchased his own weapons. That's part of the problem. 18 year old's shouldn't be allowed to purchase weapons capable of killing so many people in just seconds. If you can't buy a beer, you don't get to buy a gun. Should be simple.

ZeroHawk May 27, 2022 09:50 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

PSTARSR, then don't you think armed security on campus would prevent people from thinking about coming on campus and murdering kids watching a childrens film? kinda seems like the most logical thing to do, aside of banning semi automatic weapons, and making it harder for people to get them so quickly. make the process longer. if they are hell bent on murder, time could change that course. just speculating...

JoeSixPack May 27, 2022 09:00 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

How about we start acknowledging the first 4 words of the 2nd amendment?
"A Well Regulated Militia..."
The laws that allow flooding of our nation with these readily available weapons of war are not “Well Regulated".
A pilots license is well regulated (train, test, qualify, license, insure and stay current).
A drivers license is well regulated (train, test, qualify, license, insure and stay current).
A doctors license is well regulated (train, test, qualify, license, insure and stay current).
A barbers license is well regulated (train, test, qualify, license, insure and stay current).
A manicurist license is well regulated (train, test, qualify, license, insure and stay current).
This is not a big stretch...

sacjon May 27, 2022 09:08 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

JOE6 - great ideas! For those who insist on fallaciously comparing guns to cars, how about this? How about we require extensive training and testing, licensing and insurance with annual registration fees, the revenue going to families like those in Texas? You can keep most of your guns, but you'll have to be properly trained and licensed to do so.

What do you think? VOICE? STEVE O? SAIL? CHIP?

ZeroHawk May 27, 2022 09:47 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Sac, hit them where it hurts! their brains....
what you & Joe posted is very very accurate. You're rights do not supersede the safety of the rest of us. Especially our kids. THIS ONLY HAPPENS IN OUR COUNTRY. It does not happen anywhere else. USA is becoming more and more unstable and unsafe. Fact. There are third world nations that I have been to, that talk about how dangerous it is visting USA. no joke. Even in UKR i was asked about the 'gun madness' in the states by soldiers. Seasoned war vets confused by media reports that the states are reverting back to the old wild west in regards to shootings and deaths related to gun violence. We are making El Salvador jealous....

Voice of Reason May 27, 2022 09:59 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Steve O, don't go. Some of the mentality's on here will never change but there are many more readers, who don't comment, who appreciate rational discussion using reason and logic. Joe6, seems reasonable but for each regulation proposed I like to look back on the recent tragedies we're trying to stop - would X regulation have prevented Y tragedy. I don't think it would have stopped the recent event in TX nor CA's recent shooting in Sacramento. Where most of these, common sense on the surface regulations fail to stand up in court, and receive massive pushback for 2A advocates, is when it gets to the 'no you can't own a weapon, or we're taking yours away'. The metrics applied to that are decided by government bureaucrats - covid in particular showed they're extremely fallible and quick to take and exercise control over the populace - the exact reason why we have the 2A. Again as covid laid bare, the government was very quick to exceed its authority without hesitation, but reversing those acts took months or years going through the courts to be corrected, again exactly the reason the 2A is there. The amount of blind trust people have put into the government is misplaced, and scary.

sacjon May 27, 2022 10:21 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

OK, so I do what you (VOICE, SAIL, STEVE O) have been asking: I provided a possible solution, along with JOESIX, and even invited discussion by asking what you all think. No response, just downvotes. Please stop pretending that you care about this and actually want to do something about it.

Voice of Reason May 27, 2022 10:52 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Zerohawk thinking that this only happens in the US is false but common mistake due to our very large population and media whose quick to provide constant coverage on tragedies like this in the US but rarely internationally.

The US makes up less than 1.15% of the mass public shooters, 1.49% of their murders, and 2.20% of their attacks. All these are much less than the US’s 4.6% share of the world population. Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than other countries, but they are also much less deadly on average.

Out of the 97 countries where we have identified mass public shootings occurring, the United States ranks 64th in the per capita frequency of these attacks and 65th in the murder rate.

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3289010

Chip of SB May 27, 2022 10:52 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

First, the “well regulated militia” part of the second amendment does not render it void/meaningless/obsolete. “The second amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms.”

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/07pdf/07-290.pdf

Second, sac, there are no restrictions on buying cars, car parts, or on manufacturing your own car. In addition, registration of cars is not required nor a license. There are no restrictions on owning cars or using them on private property. In order to operate a car on a public road, you are required to obtain a license, registration, and insurance. The state is required to issue a license to operate a vehicle on a public road to anyone who requests one unless they have been deemed medically unfit to drive or barred from driving due to their criminal record. I expect the that pending litigation will soon clarify that the state is similarly required to issue a permit to carry a firearm in public to anyone who requests one with a clean criminal record.

sacjon May 27, 2022 02:29 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

VOICE - you should really use quotes when you lift directly from other sources. Either way, are you truly saying and believing that there are 36 other countries out there with more mass shootings than ours? Can you please list those?

Voice of Reason May 27, 2022 03:32 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Here's another with less words, more pictures: https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/mass-shootings-by-country France has much tighter gun control, but more mass shooting per capita. Norway as well. Regardless of the reason, those that say this doesn't happen in other countries are misinformed.

sacjon May 27, 2022 03:41 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

If you're hinging your argument on this (flawed) study, you should be able to easily articulate for us what countries have a higher rate of mass shootings than the US. Finish your work.

I say flawed, because it was disputed:

"As eye-opening as the CRPC study was, many statisticians believe the reason the results seem so counterintuitive is that they’re incorrect. One of the more detailed analyses appeared on the fact-checking website snopes.com and concluded that the CRPC report used “inappropriate statistical methods” which led to misleading results." (https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/mass-shootings-by-country)

"[The study} uses inappropriate statistical methods to obscure the reality that mass shootings are very rare in most countries, so that when they do happen they have an outsized statistical effect. (https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/united-states-lower-death-shootings/)

Further, the study VOICE relies on was "published by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), a pro-gun rights nonprofit run by economist John Lott. (https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/united-states-lower-death-shootings/)

I wouldn't hang my hat on an obviously flawed stat analysis by an obviously biased group.

sacjon May 27, 2022 03:49 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

"those that say this doesn't happen in other countries are misinformed." Who ever said that? No one, that's who. We all know, despite your flawed study, that the USA has more instances of gun violence than any other country on earth.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2022-us-gun-violence-world-comparison/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081

Voice of Reason May 27, 2022 04:08 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Zerohawk did, a few times. Just hit control+F and type in 'nation'. I also recall you had difficulty with this for covid too: per capita is the metric you need to use to accurately compare groups of different population sizes, not number of instances.

sacjon May 27, 2022 04:23 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

VOICE - per capita is useful for something like covid, not for this. The ratio of deaths per person isn't as important as the number of instances themselves. Going by this study, Norway is the most killingest place on earth and we all know that is 100% false. The only reason Norway is on there at that rank is because of the 77 person massacre in 2011 carried out by a domestic terrorist. Comparing that ONE instance to all of the US mass shootings by terrorists to bullied teenagers with legal guns COMPLETELY distorts the picture.

From the Snopes article I provided: "The example of Norway gives a good illustration of just how absurd this use of statistics is. In 2009 and 2010, according to Lott’s data, there were zero mass shooting deaths in Norway. In 2011, far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people in a series of bombings in Oslo, then shot dead 69 more in a massacre at a Labor Party summer camp on Utoya island.

In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, there was not a single death from a mass shooting in Norway.

If we compare the number of mass shooting deaths each year to the population of Norway each year, using the same method we did for the United States, we get an average annual death rate of 2 per million, more than 20 times higher than the rate in the United States (0.09 per million), even though we know there were zero mass shooting deaths in six out of those seven years, in Norway."

Now, keep telling us that's not so bad in the US compared to other countries......

a-1653671389 May 27, 2022 10:09 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Latest News Report:

"News Alert: On-scene commander decided not to try to breach classrooms in elementary school shooting, official says

While a gunman slaughtered children inside locked adjoining classrooms in a Texas elementary school, a group of 19 law enforcement officers stood in a hallway outside and took no action as they waited for more equipment, a state law enforcement official said Friday.

"The on-scene commander at that time believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject," Texas Department of Public Safety Col. Steven McCraw said.

"From the benefit of hindsight where I'm sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There's no excuse for that."

The decision explains the lengthy wait between when officers first arrived to the school at 11:44 a.m. and when the gunman was finally shot at 12:50 p.m. The tactical team ultimately entered the locked classroom to confront the gunman using keys from a janitor, he said."

DISGUSTING

Chip of SB May 27, 2022 03:01 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Stories where good guys with guns save the day happen a lot more than many people realize and get little attention. Here is a good example:

https://wchstv.com/news/local/victim-hospitalized-in-charleston-shooting

Voice of Reason May 27, 2022 03:25 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

I posted something similar yesterday, a report funded by Obama admin and completed by the CDC no less, but they refuse to acknowledge that guns also save and protect people too. Similar to how they approached covid, if it saves just one life (from dying of covid) consequences be dammed (even the consequences also cost lives).

GeneralTree May 27, 2022 11:59 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

It's killing me that the decision maker decided to hold back authorities - for a freaking hour. Kids bleeding out - other live kids that could have been killed. I also feel awful for the first responders that had to see all of this. I know hindsight and all - but breach that door and stop the threat.

Voice of Reason May 27, 2022 12:05 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

There has been enough inaccurate information and speculation spread here and on the news. Let's wait until more information is out before casting such judgement on law enforcement. They are all about following their procedures and training, procedures can change as the situations changes i.e. an active shooter barricades himself inside a room.

GeneralTree May 27, 2022 12:21 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

These statements are fact - not speculation or inaccurate information. And of course we are going to voice our concerns about the events that transpired. "Col. Steven McCraw said 19 officers waited outside a classroom door because a commanding officer "believed there was a barricaded subject and kids weren’t at risk." “From the benefit of hindsight…it was the wrong decision,” admitted Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McGraw.

GeneralTree May 27, 2022 12:49 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

If there is a gunman in a classroom - you breach the door and go in. That is common sense. Even the parents asking the Marshalls to give them their weapons and vests knew that. Someone in a decision making role assumed it was a barricade situation and all the kids were dead. How in the heck did they assume this. It's not like they knew the number of shots fired, or the number of kids in the class, or the arms that the shooter had with him. In this case authorities waited for an hour - and then got the keys from the janitor to go in? Did they bring the shooter lunch too?

dukemunson May 27, 2022 01:03 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

GT - It does appear that they made a ton of mistakes. That being said, hindsight is 20/20. We don't always storm buildings with hostages as fast as possible...while that would probably would have been better, one can just as easily see a scenario where that backfires.

ZeroHawk May 27, 2022 02:11 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

VOR are you freakin joking? The worthless PD and response they had in that gun toting state was ridiculous and cost lives. Try to justify that. Do it. I'm sure the families of the 19 people murdered would love to hear your take on things. Go for it.

dukemunson May 27, 2022 03:51 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

GT - The 40 minutes where no shots were fired...

Again, a terrible mistake was made. BUt to vilify police as a whole is wrong. We need (and want) a robust police force to go along with gun control. It's not an either/or...

GeneralTree May 28, 2022 09:18 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Duke - you are protecting the police even though the response was a joke in this situation. Fox has been reporting 40 minutes to an hour. Even the incident commander admitted it was a mistake not to go in. EVERY law official I've heard so far states that in a school shooting, you go in, no matter what. But please, by all means, please keep protecting the decision maker who failed here miserably. Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said police didn't immediately engage the shooter because "the on-scene commander at the time believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject." Duke - the on scene commander was from the school police unit - the incident command should have been transferred to the more qualified.

Voice of Reason May 28, 2022 10:00 AM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Why would me asking for a pause in a rush to judgement, but over a new and developing situation, where contradictory information has already been released, garner at such a response Zero? It’s clear rational thought and reason has given way to knee jerk responses and emotion.

dukemunson May 28, 2022 12:05 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

GT - I keep (repeatedly!) saying the police screwed up! They absolutely did. I’m just pointing my out that 1) much of the criticism seems to be on police in General (someone was suggesting their “overthrow”) and 2) in a chaotic scene with small town police, it’s not shocking that there was issues with decisiveness and effective (courageous) training. Nowhere am I defending the police officers decision. Just Noting that hindsight is 20/20 while pushing back on the narrative that some ave bizarrely taken that police in general are the problem and we need to get rid of them. A mass shooting is the ultimate tragic reminder that we need both gun control and a well trained, equipped and funded police force capable of responding to things such as this.

dukemunson May 28, 2022 12:10 PM
California Assembly Advances Gun Violence Prevention Package

Who’s protecting them??? They screwed up… thank goodness though we have police as the people using this as an example to get rid of police are just wildly and bizarrely clueless. We need a well funded police force with tactical units ready wiling and able to engage.

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