Brady Campaign to Honor Yee for Violence Prevention

August 04, 2006

NCSL to Celebrate State Legislators Earning A+ for Gun Violence Prevention

SACRAMENTO - For his commitment to ending gun violence, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/Daly City) has been named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign. The Brady Campaign will honor Yee and other state legislators from throughout the country who earned an A+ for working against gun violence at a reception during the National Conference of State Legislators in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, August 16, 2006.

"More than nine children are killed each day as a result of gun homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings in the United States alone," said Yee. "While I am proud to stand up against the gun industry and support violence prevention efforts, it is unfortunate that such legislative measures are still needed to end these senseless acts of violence."

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affiliate, the Brady Campaign, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence.

According to the Brady Center, named after the former White House press secretary who was shot along side President Ronald Reagan in 1981, gun violence costs the US over $100 billion annually in loss of productivity, mental health treatment and rehabilitation, and legal and judicial costs. Over half of family murders are caused by firearms. Firearms assaults have been found to be twelve times as likely to result in death as non-firearms assaults. A gun kept in the home is twenty-two times more likely to be used in an unintentional shooting, a criminal assault or homicide, or an attempted or completed suicide than to be used to injure or kill in self-defense.

Crime statistics released last month by Attorney General Bill Lockyer showed that while there has been an overall statewide decrease in violent crime, the Peninsula has seen a significant rise in such incidents. San Mateo County's violent crime rate increased 12.9 percent from 2004 to 2005 and San Francisco witnessed a 4 percent increase, whereas statewide the violent crime rate actually decreased 5.1 percent.

Assemblyman Yee is co-authoring AB 352 (Koretz), a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns to be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as microstamping. This new technology engraves characters on the firing pin of a handgun, which are transferred to the bullet casing when the handgun fires, providing a lead to law enforcement in solving gun crimes.

Last year, Yee supported a number of gun violence prevention measures. AB 112 requires the relinquishment of the assailants firearms pursuant to the issuance of an emergency domestic abuse protective order. AB 1288 protects domestic violence victims by authorizing arraignment courts to prohibit firearm possession by domestic violence defendants, even in the absence of a "stay away" order.

AB 86 makes the record keeping of lost and stolen guns permanent. This law provides that any information entered into the Department of Justice system regarding a firearm will remain in the system until the firearm is found, recovered, no longer under observation, or the record is deemed to have been entered in error. Finally, SB 48 requires ammunition sellers to ensure that purchasers are at least 18 years of age for rifle ammunition and 21 years of age for handgun ammunition.