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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jackson Bill To Prevent Gun Violence Heads to the Governor

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help prevent gun violence by expanding the list of misdemeanors that carry a 10-year ban on firearm possession and purchases passed out of the Senate today on a 23-14 vote and is now headed to the Governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 347 would add to the list of misdemeanors that would prohibit someone from being able to purchase or possess a firearm for 10 years to include petty theft involving a firearm, buying and receiving stolen property if it involves a firearm, and carrying ammunition onto school grounds.

“The horrific tragedy that happened more than a year ago in Isla Vista and the continuing violence nationwide has strengthened the resolve of so many of us to do more to prevent gun violence. We know that those convicted of nonviolent firearm-related offenses are more likely than the average person to commit very serious crimes in the future. They are five times more likely to be charged with crimes like murder, seven times more likely to be charged with other nonviolent firearm offenses, and four times more likely to be charged with new violent offenses, “ said Jackson. “This bill helps keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them and keeps our communities safer.”

Federal law makes it illegal for certain people to purchase or possess guns, including those who are convicted felons, have a history of domestic violence, or a history of mental health issues. California law also prohibits someone convicted of certain misdemeanors involving violence or threats of violence from possessing a gun for 10 years. Since 2001, California has had a database called the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), which cross-references criminal convictions with the state’s firearms registration database.

SB 347 has the support of the City of Santa Barbara, the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association and other law enforcement groups; the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Coalition Against Gun Violence, and other organizations.

Last year, following the deadly rampage in Isla Vista, Jackson authored Senate Bill 505, now law, to require local law enforcement agencies to develop policies encouraging officers to conduct a search of California’s database of gun purchases prior to conducting a “welfare check” on a person who is potentially a danger to themselves or others. She was also the principal co-author of Assembly Bill 1014, also now law, to create a gun violence restraining order, and allow family members or law enforcement to obtain a court order to temporarily prohibit gun possession by someone who is demonstrating a propensity for violence toward themselves or others.

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

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Contact

Lisa Gardiner (916) 651-4019 or lisa.gardiner@sen.ca.gov

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