Sen. Bob Hertzberg calls for action during National Gun Violence Awareness Day

June 2, 2022

Today I stood outside our Capitol with @MomsDemand and my legislative colleagues to address gun violence. Inaction in the face of the continued massacre of our family, friends, and children is not an option. Common sense gun measures work and California is an example of their success.

Unsurprisingly, fewer guns mean fewer deaths. Residents of California are 25 percent less likely to die in mass shootings as compared to other states. However, we can still take more steps to reduce gun violence here.

We must adapt our gun laws to address the latest illegal weapon of choice --ghost guns. Ghost guns are unserialized, untraceable gunsthat can be bought online and assembled at home. Last fall, the LAPD declared ghost guns an epidemic with a 400 percent increase in ghost gun seizures since 2017.

My bill, SB 1327, gives individuals a private right of action, mirroring the Texas anti-abortion law, to keep weapons like ghost guns off our streets, deter the spread of deadly weapons of war and save lives. The Talmud says that to save one life is to save the world entire. If SB 1327, and other bills proposed by my colleagues, save even a single life, the fight is worth it.