In Case You Missed It: As Oakland Reels From Continued Gun Violence, Governor Considers Bonta Bill To Curb The Problem

Monday, September 16, 2013

(Oakland, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that AB 180, a bill to give Oakland much needed local authority to address the unique challenge of gun violence in the city, passed the Legislature and is now being considered for approval by Governor Brown. There have been 3,026 gun crimes in Oakland this year – the highest number in the state.

Assemblymember Bonta explained, “AB 180 could curb this escalating problem by allowing Oakland to enact more targeted and more effective ordinances than are currently in place. Oakland is suffering from among the highest levels of gun violence in the state and in the nation. Under AB 180, the City of Oakland would have the authority to regulate the registration of firearms and licensing of gun owners---areas that are currently pre-empted by state law. AB 180 is a smart and sensible bill that empowers Oakland and provides local control in addressing gun violence---where it is needed most.”

AB 180 was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle:

View the full Los Angeles Times article here:,0,7274191.story

View the full San Francisco Chronicle article here:

Assemblymember Bonta is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, which has held hearings in Oakland and Stockton. The goal of the hearings was to identify some of the root causes of gun violence in the East Bay and highlight successful efforts taken by stakeholders to address the problem. Visit for future updates about the select committee.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He is the Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay. He is also a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.