California currently bans people who have been convicted of certain violent crimes from owning guns for at least 10 years.
And a new state bill wants to add alcohol-related crimes to the list.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill that week that seeks to do precisely that. Under SB 55, anyone who has committed alcohol-related crimes, including DUI manslaughter, from gun possession for 10 years.
We hear the pros and the cons.
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson was unavailable to join us for an interview but provided this statement:
“The research demonstrates that people with certain alcohol-related convictions are at increased risk of committing a violent or firearm-related crime. With over 3,000 Californians killed by firearms each year, we should do everything we can to ensure those at risk of harming themselves or others do not have access to these deadly weapons.”
Craig J. DeLuz, director of legislative & public affairs at the Sacramento-based gun rights organization, Firearms Policy Coalition
Amanda Wilcox, legislative advocate of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence