Governor Signs Bonta Bill to Stop Illegal Gun Sales

Friday, July 1, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1695, the “Stop Illegal Gun Sales Act”, a bill by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). 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. The bill was a part of a package of measures Governor Brown signed today addressing gun violence in our communities.

“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 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.

“We are at a turning point in our state: do we accept the tragic status quo, or do we fight to create a better, safer future for our children and put an end to the gun violence? California has made its choice, and I applaud the State Legislature and Governor Brown for taking strong action against gun violence,” Bonta concluded.

AB 1695 will become law effective January 1, 2017.

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.