Colorado Massacre Reaffirms Calls to Close Assault Weapon Loophole in California

July 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Today’s news of a massacre in Colorado that killed at least 12 people and wounded 59 is reaffirming calls by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) to close a loophole in California’s assault weapon law. Yee is authoring Senate Bill 249 to limit the easy reloading of semi-automatic weapons such as AR-15s and AK-47s – these types of weapons have been found in connection with the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Yee issued the following statement:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. These events are shocking to all of us and sadly remind us of the carnage that is possible when assault weapons get into the wrong hands. It is imperative that we take every step possible to eliminate the types of senseless killings witnessed in Aurora, Colorado. We must limit access to weapons that can carry massive rounds of bullets or that can be easily reloaded. SB 249 is a step in that direction and should be approved by the Legislature as soon as possible.”


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