Last week Senator Mark DeSaulnier introduced two bills aimed at promoting gun safety, fighting gun trafficking, and curbing gun violence in our communities.
“Senseless violence occurs far too often when guns fall into the wrong hands,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “I introduced these bills to improve gun safety and help law enforcement better keep firearms out of the hands of criminals or illicit gun traffickers. It is imperative that when a firearm is lost or stolen our law enforcement officers are notified as quickly as possible.
Every hour counts when it comes to preventing violence in our communities. Additionally, we should make sure that guns are only used by the owners who are authorized to fire them. Many technologies exist to create this kind of safety mechanism, including biometric readers. It is also important that we recognize the vast impact of gun-related suicides. These bills will help prevent depressed or despondent individuals from having access to firearms.”
Senator DeSaulnier introduced the following two gun bills:
- SB 293. This bill requires hand guns have an owner authorized safety mechanism, such as biometric readers or other technologies.
- SB 299. This bill requires that every person whose firearm is lost or stolen must notify local law enforcement within 48 hours of the time they knew, or reasonably should have known, that the firearm had been lost or stolen. If the firearm is subsequently recovered, the local law enforcement agency must be notified within 48 hours of the recovery.
These bills also take aim at reducing gun-related suicides. By decreasing illicit guns on the streets and preventing unauthorized users from operating handguns, the availability of guns to depressed or suicidal individuals is limited. Nationally, about 19,000 of the more than 31,000 gun-related deaths each year are due to suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85% of suicide attempts involving guns result in death, making firearms the leading method of suicide in the United States.
Last year, DeSaulnier introduced SB 1366 requiring lost or stolen firearms to be reported to local law enforcement. SB 1366 was supported by a wide range of law enforcement and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Sherriff, Lee Baca. It was vetoed by Governor Brown.