SACRAMENTO — Just blocks from the scene of the worst mass shooting in Sacramento history, Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) joined legislative leaders on the West Steps of the Capitol for detail common sense solutions to gun violence progressing through the legislative process.
The press conference came as Senator Hertzberg’s key gun reform legislation, Senate Bill 1327, cleared its first hurdle and was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The alarm bells are ringing. We couldn’t have had a clearer call to action to stop gun violence than what happened Sunday at the gates of our state’s democracy,” Hertzberg said. am proud to work with Governor Newsom and his administration to hold accountable gun manufacturers and others who flood our streets with dangerous and deadly weapons.
SB 1327, modeled after Texas’ SB 8, creates the nation’s first private right of action allowing citizens to bring civil action against those who manufacture, distribute, transport, import into California, or sell assault weapons, rifles. 50 BMG, ghost guns or ghost gun kits. It allows citizens to sue for $10,000 on each gun involved, plus attorney’s fees.
“It creates a powerful incentive for people to help get these guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals,” he said. “It also creates a powerful deterrent effect for those looking for these types of weapons.”
Governor Gavin Newsom, the official sponsor of the legislation, is expected to sign the bill.
“This week’s unconscionable act of gun violence is a tragic reminder of the lives that are at stake in this crisis that is endangering communities across the country,” Governor Newsom said. “Today, the Legislature took an important step to hold the gun industry accountable for mass shootings in our communities involving illegal firearms and to protect residents, using the US Supreme Court ruling. United States that allowed private citizens of Texas to sue abortion providers.As long as the Supreme Court establishes this precedent, California will use it to save lives.
“The continued need to adopt smart, common sense solutions to our country’s tragic history of gun violence is urgent and necessary. We must continue to take meaningful action to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country and improve public safety for all Californians,” said Senator Portantino, co-author of the bill. “This includes SB 1327 — which I co-authored with Senator Hertzberg to allow individuals to sue against those who manufacture, distribute or transport ghost weapons in California. I am proud to be here with my colleagues as we work together to keep our communities safe. Let’s be clear, the NRA will continue to oppose us as they did with SB 906 making our schools less safe and we must be diligent in our efforts.
Other bills dealing with gun violence include:
- AB 1594 (Ting) – Allows individuals, local governments and the Attorney General to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms for damage caused by their products
- AB 2571 (Bauer-Kahan) – Prohibits the marketing of certain categories of weapons to children
- AB 1621 (Gipson) – Tightens restrictions on ghost weapons
“We need to make our communities safer. Almost any industry in the United States can be held accountable for what their products do, but the firearms industry is not held to the same standards. The financial repercussions may finally push them to be more responsible by improving their practices and adhering to California’s strict gun laws,” said Assemblyman Ting.
“Today, I stood with my legislative colleagues to address an issue that has posed like wildfire in the 64th Assembly District and in communities across the country: gun violence. Morning of April 3, six lives were STOLEN and 12 or more were injured, in a horrific act of senselessness and selfishness How many of our brothers, sisters, babies, friends and acquaintances do we still have to lose before we see the change?” Assemblyman Gipson said. “My heart is not just broken, it’s shattered to pieces. Johntaya Alexander, Melinda Davis, Sergio Harris, Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, Yamile Martinez-Andrade and Devazia Turner – the balls have no name, but we will continue to say theirs. While a ghost gun may not have been used in the Sacramento mass shooting, banning them is a critical piece of the puzzle to saving lives. So much so that after that tragic shooting, President Joe Biden again called for more reforms, including a federal ban on ghost weapons. In January of this year, I introduced Assembly Bill 1621, which will completely ban ghost guns in all communities in California. This is not about taking away the rights of legal gun owners, but about ensuring that dangerous and unobtainable guns are eradicated. We need to stop killing and start healing. I want to especially thank Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta for their leadership on this issue, and my colleagues in the Legislative Assembly, including Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg, for leading this press event, who have gathered today to talk about solidarity. I also want to thank all the advocates and families who work day in and day out to find solutions alongside us. »
“We mourn the lives lost in another horrific mass shooting. California is only as safe as the nearest state that has not taken steps to prevent gun violence,” Assemblyman Bauer-Kahan said. “We need to stop accepting inaction at the federal level, but we will continue to lead the way and show this county what is possible and necessary. Our epidemic of gun violence in this country is not beyond reproach. Too often we see gun manufacturers targeting children as their next generation of advocates and consumers using slick advertising, video games and even children’s books. In California, children are not allowed to own guns and yet we allow gun manufacturers to target them. Guns are not a toy, they are a tool of death, we must pass AB 2571 and end the normalization of their violence.
“The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but we account for nearly a third of mass shootings worldwide,” said Assemblymember Ward, co-author of AB 1594. This is a public health crisis that the federal government has consistently failed to address California must take action and hold accountable the irresponsible, reckless and negligent arms manufacturers, distributors and dealers.
Gun violence prevention advocates Moms Demand Action and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence were also on hand to urge support for the legislation.
“California people are tired of the gun violence that dominates our news and devastates our communities,” said Krystal LoPilato, volunteer leader of the California chapter of Moms Demand Action. “And, unfortunately, this public health crisis goes deeper than the shootings that make the news. Our hearts are with all survivors and victims of the Sacramento shooting and we pledge to fight for legislation that would ensure accountability for individuals and manufacturers who contribute to this violence.
“The mass shooting in Sacramento last weekend is a heartbreaking reminder of the urgent need for more action to prevent gun violence,” said Shikha Hamilton, vice president of Brady’s organization and a California resident. “As we learn more about this specific shooting, we should look at innovative tools that help law enforcement look to the future rather than the failed strategies of the past. Training on the proper use and proven track record of policies such as gun violence prohibition orders, as well as ensuring that the gun industry can no longer boycott the use of microstamp technology so that investigations have a solid starting point that can eliminate individual bias California can continue to lead the country in implementing gun violence prevention laws and programs.