Gun violence is in the news every day. Innocent bystanders are being killed. Children and young adults are seeing their lives changed in the most horrible way. There is talk right after every tragedy, but little action. We need to do something about the guns and we need to do it now!
Early this year, California Assemblyperson Phil Ting (San Francisco) and Jimmy Gomez (Los Angeles), introduced legislation that would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance. Assembly Bill 231 would require the owners to cover damages incurred from incidents stemming from their firearms. I think this is a brilliant idea. It should have been passed by both houses immediately and signed by the governor!
Ting also introduced Assembly Bill 232, which would provide state income tax credits for people who participate in local gun buyback programs, with a cap of $1,000. Gun buyback programs have been proven to help get guns off the streets.
AB 231 have gone back and forth between the Assembly and Senate. It is back in the Assembly in what will likely be its final form. It needs to pass now and Governor Jerry Brown needs to sign it. Let's hit the phones and send out some email and tell them what we think!