Two gun safety bills are quickly heading to the California state Senate for a vote. Call your state Senator now and tell them to pass SB 55 and SB 61!
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Research conducted by the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) shows that individuals convicted of alcohol-related crimes, had a higher propensity for future gun violence. One-third of those convicted were later arrested for a violent or firearm-related crime. SB 55 works to put a stop to this dangerous trend.
Guided by UCFC’s research, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced SB 55. This bill will temporarily prohibit individuals with three convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol within a ten-year period from possessing or purchasing firearms.
California law prohibits firearm dealers from selling firearms to those under the age of 21. However, current law provides an exemption that allows the sale of a long gun, including semiautomatic rifles, to those as young as 18 years old if they have a valid hunting license.
SB 61 would go one step further to ensure the safety of Californian’s by prohibiting the sale of semiautomatic rifles to those under the age of 21 who are not actively serving in the military or law enforcement. SB 61 will also cap the number of rifles and shotguns that can be purchased in a 30-day period to prevent the trafficking of long guns into the black market and dangerous hands.