Assembly Commemorates Gun Violence Awareness After Passing Bonta’s Bill to Stop Illegal Gun Sales

Friday, June 3, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – This week, the California State Assembly recognized National Gun Violence Awareness Day, one day after passing AB 1695, the “Stop Illegal Gun Sales Act”, a bill by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), with a bipartisan vote of 51-28. AB 1695 reduces the flow of guns onto the black market through straw purchasers, which was how the guns were acquired in the San Bernardino shootings.

“Oakland was home to 89 murders last year—among the highest rates in the state. We must do everything in our power to end these heart-rending killings of our youth and community members,” Bonta said. “With the Stop Illegal Gun Sales Act we will help 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 illegally giving or selling it to someone who cannot buy the gun. AB 1695 achieves this goal by reducing the fachlse reporting of guns as lost or stolen, a common tactic of straw purchasers, by prohibiting false reporters from purchasing a gun for ten years.

“When a person buys a gun and illegally resells it to a criminal, they are contributing to gun violence even without pulling the trigger. We cannot wait any longer. The time to act is now, and today the Legislature took a firm stand against gun violence,” Bonta concluded.

AB 1695 will now be referred to policy committee in the State Senate.

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 in California.