The California State Assembly this week approved AB 180 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which would provide the City of Oakland with 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,” said Bonta.
“Across our state, communities are suffering from a devastating combination of budget cuts to public safety and coinciding increases in violent crime,” Bonta said. “No one can deny that Oakland is suffering from among the highest levels of gun violence in the state and in the nation.
Oakland suffered from 131 homicides in 2012 – 21 more than 2011 and the highest in six years. Twelve of those victims were children, and Oakland has seen close to 40 more deaths due to gun violence this year.
AB 180 now moves to the Senate for assignment to policy committee.
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