Senate Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bill on Anniversary of IV Shooting

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Source: Office of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

On the five-year anniversary of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s Senate Bill 55, which would restrict gun ownership among Californians with repeated convictions of certain alcohol offenses, passed off the Senate floor today on a 26 to 10 vote. The bill now heads to the Assembly. Senate Bill 55is based on research by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), which found an increased risk of future gun violence among firearm owners with certain alcohol-related convictions.

California law prohibits people convicted of certain crimes from possessing firearms either permanently or for a 10-year period. Senate Bill 55 adds certain crimes involving alcohol to the list of violations that result in a 10-year restriction on ownership and possession of firearms. These crimes include multiple driving under the influence (DUI) convictions or vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

The study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research program found that prior alcohol-related convictions were associated with a four to fivefold increase in risk of incident arrest for a violent or firearm-related crime. The relative risk increase is greater than that seen for age or sex.

“Too many innocent lives have been lost to gun violence. This is especially clear today, on the five-year anniversary of the tragic Isla Vista shooting. We must do more to keep deadly firearms out of the hands of people at risk of committing violence,” said Senator Jackson. “With research like the UC Davis study SB 55 is based on, we can pursue data-driven policies to keep our communities safe.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,184 Californians lost their lives to firearms in 2016. In the U.S. overall, the number was over 38,000.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

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a-1560755121 May 24, 2019 11:34 AM
Senate Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bill on Anniversary of IV Shooting

The agenda is certainly very obvious when the politicians and the media keep referring to those Isla Vista murders as "shootings." They could just as well be referred to as stabbings since 3 were stabbed and 3 were shot. And then the killer committed suicide.

Concerned4Calif May 24, 2019 08:53 AM
Senate Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bill on Anniversary of IV Shooting

Interesting that this bill amounts to punishment for a higher probability of a future crime based on a study. That would be a really bad precedent to set. for example: A study says drug users commit more crimes and college students take drugs so therefore ......

Roger May 23, 2019 05:08 PM
Senate Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bill on Anniversary of IV Shooting

Cool Right On Us Medical Marijuana patients can't get a gun, The Wet Drunks can't either... is for those violent offenders who get drunk and beat their wives because they don't take their clothing off RIGHT A WAY! The Law Makers know a few more beatings then "Pop.Pop,Pop,!" Someones going to be down and it's usually the victim of the abuser....That is not the only crime people usually man commit under the influence of alcohol Meganslaw website is full of sex offenders many of them violated while drinking. The state is going to save alot of money passing that law a hell of alotta MOOlaa...Right On

CoastWatch May 23, 2019 04:42 PM
Senate Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bill on Anniversary of IV Shooting

What a waste of time and effort. More do nothing legislation. There are SO MANY issues that are affecting Californians every day and this is what they spend their time on. Homelessness, Drug Addition, illegal immigration, welfare/social service fraud, mismanagement within the UC System, wildland interface management to prevent conflagrations, the list goes on and on, but our do nothing-feel-good- legislation does NOTHING.

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