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the bills we support
Active Bills in the California State Legislature
AB-3: Firearms: transfers (Bonta) and SB-1100: Firearms: transfers (Portantino)
Currently, the age at which a person can own a firearm is 18 years, unless it is a handgun, in which case the age is 21 years. This bill would extend this common-sense restriction to the sale of all firearms.
Firearms are all instruments designed to kill, regardless of their classification as handguns or not. Guns are all a danger to society when they fall into the wrong hands, and it is appropriate to apply these common-sense regulations to all guns, not just handguns, since they all today have the capability of inflicting deadly harm on anything or anyone who their owner decides to point it at.
AB-2222: Crime prevention and investigation: informational databases (Quirk)
This bill would extend requirements for police and sheriffs’ departments to report their stolen, lost, found, recovered property to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to all law enforcement agencies in the state, along with other reporting requirements for recovered guns that are illegally possessed or have been used in a crime. These reports would have to be made within 3 days of the event.
There is currently no comprehensive set of data to track gun trafficking and other misuse or illegal transfer of firearms, since only police and sheriffs’ departments are required to enter their information into the DOJ’s database, creating a void in the state’s ability to protect its residents.
AB-2382: Firearms: firearm precursor parts (Gipson)
This bill would provide that gun dealers treat "firearm precursor parts", or the parts you can use to make or supplement firearms, in a similar fashion to the way they treat ammunition. More generally, it would regulate the sale of firearm precursor parts so as to better monitor and guide their use.
The parts one can use to make or supplement firearms should be regulated to the same standards that are firearms. If an individual is outlawed from purchasing a gun, it follows that they should be outlawed from purchasing the parts with which to make a gun. Many perpetrators of mass shootings make modifications to their weapons, and this bill would help to limit the access of such individuals to what they seem to think of as toys.
AB-2888: Gun violence restraining orders (Ting)
Currently, the immediate family members of a person at serious risk of inflicting harm against himself or others with a gun, or a law enforcement officer, may seek a gun violence restraining order against that person. This bill would expand the potential use of the gun violence restraining order to that person’s employer, coworker, mental health worker, and secondary and/or post-secondary school teacher.
We support this bill because we believe that allowing more people, including employers and coworkers who might know a person better than their family, to request gun violence restraining orders on a potentially hazardous individual results in a higher chance that such dangerous individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons.
AB-3129: Firearms: prohibited persons (Rubio)
This bill would extend the prohibition on domestic violence misdemeanants owning firearms from 10 years to forever.
As students, we know the fear that we feel whenever we hear of yet another school shooting, or whenever our school organizes a lockdown drill, knowing that it could be our school next. That fear is not right. Neither should people who have suffered from domestic abuse have that fear, knowing that someday, the person who abused them will be legally allowed to own a gun.
SB-221: Agricultural District 1-A: firearm and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace (Wiener)
This bill would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace in Daly City, one of the few instances left near San Francisco where it is possible to buy a gun.
We support this bill because, as students, and as citizens of this country, we are unilaterally opposed to the celebration of America’s deeply disturbing gun culture as exemplified by these gun shows. Allowing gun shows to be held at the Cow Palace runs against the policies pursued by the surrounding communities that aim to minimize access to weapons that can easily be used to inflict death and destruction on those very communities.
SB-1185: Firearms: law enforcement agencies: agency firearm accounting (Hill)
This bill would increase law enforcement accountability on their handling of firearms, to prevent the latter from falling into the hands of potentially dangerous people.
We support this bill because it would require law enforcement agencies to adopt written procedures for keeping track of their firearms, and to promptly report lost, stolen, or disposed of firearms as such into the AFS. This would make sure that law enforcement agencies can fulfill their responsibility to their communities of protecting them and making sure deadly weapons do not end up in the hands of ill-meaning people.
SB-1200: Gun violence restraining orders (Skinner)
This bill addresses several limitations of current law around gun violence restraining orders, notably by removing the financial hurdle to obtaining a restraining order for low-income family members who know of a person’s threats or intent to inflict harm on himself or others with a gun, a common sense provision given that gun violence disproportionately affects low-income households. This bill also allows a restraining order to be sought against person fully capable of building a gun: the perpetrators of many mass shootings have frequently displayed an obsession with firearms, making amateur modifications to their weapons.
SB-1281: Juvenile Records (Stern)
This bill would strengthen background checks and help law enforcement keep guns out of the wrong hands. Currently, it is illegal for someone who committed certain offenses, including serious or violent felonies, as a juvenile to own or possess a firearm until age 30. However, because juvenile records are sealed and destroyed at the conclusion of the case, it is impossible to enforce this prohibition.
We support this bill because it would close this loophole that allows individuals prohibited from owning a gun to possess a gun, because it prohibits the destruction of specified juvenile records until the individual reaches the age of 33 (while not allowing the educational, career, or financial opportunities of the individual to be compromised), because it enables better background checks by law enforcement on individuals restricted from legal gun ownership or possession prior to age 30, and because it improves enforcement of current laws designed to prevent gun violence.
SB-1421: Peace officers: release of records (Skinner)
This bill would require certain peace officer records to be made public, pertaining to complaints and internal investigations.
Gun violence is inextricably linked to instances of police brutality. The public is supposed to be able to trust peace officers—the hint is in the name—and yet the bias certain members of the latter have displayed against communities of color has broken that trust. The people have a right to know the extent and scope of actions that are being taken by those who are tasked with protecting their communities, especially when such “protection” amounts to an attack on their humanity. Family members and friends have a right to pursue justice for their loved ones lost to the deviance of “peace” officers from the task set to them by their ultimate employer: the people themselves.
SB-1346: Firearms: multiburst trigger activators (Jackson)
This bill would include bump fire stocks in the definition of “multiburst trigger activator”, a term that encompasses all devices which increase the rate and therefore the raw deadliness of a semi-automatic weapon.
Bump fire stocks, which make using recoil to fire shots in succession easier, are instruments to make deadly weapons even deadlier, and unnecessarily endangering the general public, while providing no reasonable advantage in the recreational use of the gun. The perpetrator of the October 1, 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in the history of this country, used a bump-stock to turn his semi-automatic gun into a functionally automatic one—most perpetrators of mass shootings are obsessed with guns, and make modifications to increase their lethal power.