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LA City Council calls for state to pass gun control bill

Senate Bill 1327, which is sponsored by Gov. Gavin Newsom, was launched by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Sen. Anthony Portantino, D- La Cañada Flintridge.

SAN DIEGO — One day after 19 youngsters and two adults have been killed by a gunman in a fourth grade classroom in Texas, 5 Los Angeles City Councilmen Wednesday referred to as for the state to pass laws that will enable personal residents to sue those that promote or manufacture weapons.

Senate Bill 1327, which is sponsored by Gov. Gavin Newsom, was launched by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Sen. Anthony Portantino, D- La Cañada Flintridge. It handed the Senate on Tuesday and now heads to the Assembly.

The bill would enable residents to file lawsuits towards anybody who manufactures, distributes, transports, retains for sale, provides for sale, provides or lends assault weapons, .50 BMG Rifles, firearm precursor components or unserialized firearms.

It was launched after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed comparable laws that allows personal residents to search civil motion towards individuals who have abortions after six weeks of being pregnant.

The decision in help of the laws was launched Wednesday by Councilmen Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

“Restricting assault weapons reduce deaths,” the decision states. “Estimates find mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely during the period when the federal ban was in effect.” The federal assault weapons ban was handed in 1994 and expired in 2004.

Council President Nury Martinez seconded the decision. During Wednesday’s council meeting, she stated, “I thought about having a moment of silence, I thought about sending thoughts and prayers, but honestly, colleagues, these families don’t need any more thoughts and prayers. Their babies are not coming home. They want their babies back.”

“I hope this is a call to action to finally have the political courage to do the right thing in this country and get the Senate to act,” she added.

The decision states that the state laws is supported by the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

ACLU California Action opposes the laws for being modeled after the Texas regulation’s “end-run around the system” which it says is designed to “prevent court protection of a constitutional right.”

“We believe it is a serious misstep to further entrench that flawed logic. In doing so, California will be promoting a legal end-run that can be used by any state to deny people an effective means to have their constitutional rights protected by the courts,” ACLU of Northern California’s authorized director Shilpi Agarwal stated.

Speaking in April in help of the laws, Newsom stated: “Today, the Legislature took an important step towards holding the gun industry accountable for mass shootings in our communities involving illegal firearms and protecting residents, utilizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed private citizens in Texas the ability to sue abortion providers. So long as the Supreme Court has set this precedent, California will use it to save lives.”

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