Senate Approves Gun Violence Prevention Bill on Anniversary of IV Shooting
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.