Bonta Bill to Combat Illegal Gun Sales Passes Key Policy Committee

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that AB 1695, “The Stop Illegal Gun Sales Act,” cleared a critical policy hurdle by passing the Assembly Public Safety committee with a vote of 5-2. The Act takes aim at the flow of guns onto the black market—just like the guns used in San Bernardino.

“Oakland was home to 89 murders last year—among the highest rates in the state. We must end these heart-rending killings of our youth and community members,” Bonta said. “The Stop Illegal Gun Sales Act will provide smart, effective, and targeted interventions to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and off of our streets.”

AB 1695 cracks down on straw purchasing, when a person legally buys a gun with the intent of giving or selling it to someone who cannot buy the gun. AB 1695 achieves this goal through a two-pronged approach: first, by reducing the false reporting of guns as lost or stolen, a common tactic of straw purchasers, by prohibiting false reporters from purchasing a gun for ten years; and second, by notifying every potential buyer that purchasing a gun on another’s behalf is a crime.

“When a person buys a gun and illegally resells it to a criminal, that gun could be used in the next shooting in San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, or on the streets of Oakland. We have an opportunity and an obligation to keep that gun out of the hands of criminals.

“We cannot wait any longer. The time to act is now, and with my colleagues in the Legislature, together we will tackle the scourge of gun violence,” Bonta concluded.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Government Organization, Joint Legislative Budget, and Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.