Yee Issues Statement on Connecticut School Massacre

December 14, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement on today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:

As a father, child psychologist, and legislator, my thoughts and prayers go out to the children and families of Newtown. In a year with so many appalling acts of gun violence, this is the most shocking of such tragedies. While we do not have all the details behind this senseless and unconscionable massacre, it is a sad and horrific reminder of what is possible when guns get into the wrong hands. We must limit access to weapons that can result in such catastrophe and mass murder.”

Despite overwhelming support from gun control advocates, the California Nurses Association, the California Medical Association, in August the Assembly Appropriations Committee held a bill authored by Yee that would have closed a major loophole in California’s assault weapon ban.

SB 249 would have prohibited assault weapons from having devices known as “bullet buttons” and “mag magnets,” which allow semi-automatic weapons to be easily reloaded with multiple rounds of ammunition. Yee is considering reintroducing the bill in January as well as addressing the excessive number of high capacity magazines that are found throughout the state.

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