Washington, D.C., April 19, 2022 - Today, Brady applauds the passage of SB 1384, AB 1621, AB 1594, out of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Assembly Committee on Public Safety, and Assembly Judiciary Committee, respectively. These bills will address varied forms and drivers of gun violence. SB 1324 will improve gun dealer safety standards; AB 1621 will amend California law to ban ghost guns; and, AB 1594 will alter California law to ensure victims of gun violence can bring suits against the gun industry. Brady thanks Senator Min and Assemblymembers Gipson and Ting for introducing and championing these important bills, and Attorney General Rob Bonta for co-sponsoring AB 1594. Brady urges the legislature to ensure they become law without delay.
Brady President Kris Brown stated:
“The bills being heard in committee today will build on California’s existing comprehensive gun violence prevention laws by taking a supply side approach. From banning unserialized ghost guns, which have proliferated exponentially across the state and the country, to improving safety standards for gun dealers to prevent gun trafficking and gun theft, these bills will help to stop the gun violence that harms every community in California. Importantly, one of these bills will allow Californians to hold the gun industry accountable for negligent, irresponsible or dangerous business practices creating a path to justice for victims and survivors and a powerful incentive for the industry and industry actors to enact reforms that stop gun violence and save lives. The California legislature must pass these important bills.”
About SB 1384:
SB 1384 updates requirements for licensed firearm dealers in California. The bill will require employees to undergo annual training targeted at preventing gun trafficking and other dangerous sales, and would strengthen security requirements, including surveillance, and a comprehensive alarm system.
About AB 1621:
AB 1621 will build on President Biden’s recently finalized federal rule and keep Californians safeby ensuring that parts and kits used to build ghost guns cannot be sold in California until, and only if, they are regulated as firearms under federal law. It will also allow people in possession of ghost guns to get them serialized within 6 months of the effective date, to ensure that all firearms in CA can be properly traced.
About AB 1594:
Since the passage of PLCAA, firearms manufacturers and sellers have been afforded special protections not given to other industries, often shutting the courthouse doors to those who have been injured as a result of industry conduct that would otherwise be actionable under civil justice principles. AB 1594 ensures that gun violence victims, the California Attorney General, and city and county attorneys can pursue civil claims against firearm industry members for their dangerous irresponsible and negligent business practices that result in gun violence.
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.