California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino Gun Control Bills Pass Assembly Appropriations Committee

June 27, 2022

This article was originally published in the Sierra Sun Times.

June 27, 2022 - Sacramento, CA - Senate Bills 906 and 1327 – two gun safety and reform measures - passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee last week.  SB 906, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), prioritizes student and campus safety by promoting safe at-home storage of firearms and robust investigations of imminent violent school threats. SB 1327 is jointly authored by Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys).  It creates a new tool for California to combat the rise in gun violence and save lives – a private right of action.  Governor Gavin Newsom is the official sponsor of the legislation.

Since 1970, the United States has had over 1,316 school shootings with 164 occurring in California.  As experienced in Michigan and Uvalde, these shootings are fatal.  Senator Portantino is following up on his safe storage of firearms legislation with a comprehensive school safety plan, which includes a strong and prudent mandate to follow through on threats.

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