Los Angeles City and California 2017 Legislative Session
Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz has introduced a motion that directs the Los Angeles City Attorney to draft an ordinance requiring gun stores and ranges to prominently post suicide prevention information. The motion, which was seconded by Los Angeles City Council Member David Ryu, is now with the City’s Public Safety Committee. “Suicide is the leading cause of death among Californians within one year of the purchase of a firearm,” Council Member Koretz said. “The signage will make no statements on firearm ownership but will make sure that individuals who may be contemplating ending their lives know that they can always talk to someone.”
Women Against Gun Violence has offered to shoulder the cost of the design, printing, and distribution of the required materials so that small business owners are not impacted financially.
California’s groundbreaking Gun Violence Restraining Order went into effect January 1, 2016. In many shootings, family members and intimate partners of the shooters see their loved ones engaging in dangerous behaviors and grow concerned about their risk of harming themselves or others — even before any violence occurs. The Gun Violence Restraining Order offers family members and intimate partners a tool for temporarily disarming a loved one who is in crisis and will allow immediate family members and law enforcement officers to petition courts to prohibit an individual from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition and require the removal of firearms or ammunition already in the individual’s possession.
- For more information on the Gun Violence Restraining Order and how it can help you and your family, visit Speak For Safety.
- For a USA Today editorial on how gun violence restraining orders can help save lives, visit USA Today .
California’s 2017 Legislative Agenda will be updated shortly.