Bills Headed to Governor Newsom's Desk Include Requirements on Public Carry, Microstamping, the Use of Merchant Category Codes, Gun Retailer Training, and Funding for Community Violence Intervention.

Washington, D.C., September 15, 2023 – After a historic anti-gun violence session, the California legislature has sent several bills to the Governor’s desk. Brady, a national gun violence prevention organization, sponsored many of these bills and collaborated with state lawmakers, national and local partners, grassroots volunteers, and members of Team ENOUGH on this slate of bills.

Brady President Kris Brown stated:

"California has one of the lowest rates of firearm death in the nation because of their persistence to end gun violence with comprehensive legislation. By tackling issues pertaining to the supply side of the gun industry – including investment in microstamping, mandated training for firearm dealers, cracking down on ghost guns, and ensuring the use of merchant category codes – the Golden State will again lead with innovative and meaningful measures to prevent gun violence
“Californians will also be protected from concealed weapons entering into sensitive public spaces like polling places and hospitals. These sensitive place restrictions, alongside ensuring a robust concealed carry permitting system, to ensure that those who are carrying in public are properly vetted and trained, reducing mass shootings and reactive violence.
“Notably, California will be the first state to enact a modest excise tax on firearms to provide sustained funding to the California Violence Intervention Prevention Grant Program. These programs are essential to interrupt the cycle of violence before it starts and heal communities suffering from the scars of gun violence.
“Brady applauds California’s legislators for passing this historic package. We urge Governor Newsom to swiftly sign these bills into law so lives can start being saved now.”

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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