Yee Commends President Obama's Action to Combat Gun Violence

January 16, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s executive orders and proposals on gun violence:

“I commend President Obama and Vice President Biden for their swift action and common sense measures to reduce gun violence. The President’s executive orders will begin to address the underlying problems behind the rise in mass shootings and help protect our children. Now, it is imperative that Congress also act to safeguard the public from assault weapons, eliminate high capacity magazines, fully fund mental health programs, and require a comprehensive background check on all gun sales.

As the President said, it is our first task as a society and our top responsibility as a nation to care for our children and to keep them safe. In California, we are prepared to do that by strengthening our state laws and eliminating loopholes in our assault weapon ban.”

Yee has introduced legislation that will prohibit easily changeable magazines on assault weapons and require safe storage of all guns.

Specifically, Yee’s SB 47 will prohibit the use of the bullet button and other devices that allow for easily changeable magazines on all military-style assault weapons, such as AR-15s. Under SB 47, featured weapons would only be allowed to have low capacity (10-round) ammunition magazines that could not be changed without dissembling the weapon. Essentially, bullets could only be loaded one-by-one from the top of the gun.

Yee’s SB 108 will require all guns to be properly stored when not in the possession of the owner.  Current law only requires that gun owners own a trigger lock or safety lock box for their weapon, but doesn’t require the safety device to be used on an idle firearm. Yee’s bill will specifically require that all guns be properly stored with a trigger lock or in a lock box at a residence when the owner is not present.

Yee has also announced legislation that will help counties implement Laura’s Law, a program that allows enforcement of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) orders for some potentially dangerous mentally ill patients.

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Contact: Adam J. Keigwin,
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