New firearms bill passes Assembly committee with hopes of curbing suicides

More stringent gun regulations to curb suicides could soon be enacted in California. Assembly Bill 1927 successfully passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee during a hearing Tuesday morning.

Spurred by recent mass shootings, the legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and co-authored by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would allow residents to “voluntarily add their name to the California Do Not Sell List for firearms.”

“A lot of the political opposition to efforts California has taken to address gun violence is around government telling people what they can and cannot do,” Bonta told the SacBee. “This is different. This is an individual saying, ‘I want to do this. I’m choosing to do this.’ We think it will save lives.”

Of the roughly 38,000 gun deaths in the U.S. in 2016, about two-thirds were suicides. In California alone, there were nearly 1,600 suicides with guns in 2016.

While a controversial topic, the issue of guns and suicide are inextricably linked. Research suggests that suicide attempts are an impulsive act, and firearms offer a disproportionately lethal means.

The bill is not without its opponents, such as the National Rifle Association, with some expressing concern that the law could be abused.

To join the list, a person would provide the names and contact information for five people. These contacts would be informed if the person attempted to buy a firearm. Additionally, while those on the list may not be able to legally purchase a firearm, they would not be liable for “any criminal or civil penalty for purchasing, receiving or possessing a firearm.” Those who knowingly sell firearms to Californians on the list, however, would be subject to penalties.

The law would require the state to regularly add people on the list to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

People on the list would need to wait a year before removing themselves; however, to remove themselves earlier, they could provide testimony from a medical professional that they are not a risk to themselves or others. The state would “expunge records related to the person’s inclusion in, and removal, from, the Do Not Sell List.”


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  1. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 22 March, 2018, 15:17

    A common gun control canard is that “guns cause suicides.” They point to our nation’s high gun ownership rate, and our “resulting” high incidence of suicide.

    Only one problem — the U.S. DOES NOT HAVE A HIGH SUICIDE RATE. Japan, which bans guns, has a suicide rate more than double ours.

    Indeed, among the 26 OECD “civilized” countries that track suicide rates — ALL of which have MUCH lower rates of gun ownership than the U.S. — the U.S. has the 9th lowest suicide rate.

    Sigh. Facts are such troubling things.

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    • Teddy The Steeley catcher of fake conservatives
      Teddy The Steeley catcher of fake conservatives 9 April, 2018, 17:35

      Richy— Man you keep a consistent set of goofy conclusions going….Zzzzzzzzzzzzz—— are you one of these “no gun regulations at all” kind of lazy thinkers?

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    • Secret Ted
      Secret Ted 9 April, 2018, 17:51

      Richy— Suicide is often an impulsive choice. You wrote— “A common gun control canard is that ‘guns cause suicides”… it common? Is that what evryone is commonly saying? Or are they mainly saying that suicide is often an impulsive choice based on a transient peak of valley in a pathology?

      We all know that oversimplification is your 9 iron but this is even goofy for you. Are you an NRA kind of a nut job? Or do you just have a basic misunderstanding of the Constitution and Article 3 that drives your dull-normal fake conservative Fox news rehash pater?

      Oversimplification is such a pesky thing……bwahahahaha lmao! God Bless little buddy!

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  2. Bogiewheel
    Bogiewheel 22 March, 2018, 15:57

    Thats just fine, now they can jump off the bridge; Or do they take a pledge for that, also.

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  3. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 23 March, 2018, 16:22

    Quit selling arms to Moonbeam Brown,Gavin Newsom and the drug cartel that Obama an Holder wee doing

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 29 March, 2018, 15:28

    You poor poor Comrades

    Collectivism economies place autocratic limits…..eventfully on everything.

    Many years ago Jerry banned sensible freeway building….he tied knots in diversified housing development…water storage kaput….desalinization not encouraged….refineries, of course, Nada.

    Limits Comrades….

    Now it’s guns, sugar, climate….and air…


    How does losing feel?

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  5. Tim
    Tim 13 May, 2018, 10:41

    I thought the California legislators were for assisting suicides.
    Who would have thought they would force people who freely take their own life to jump off a bridge instead of using an evil handgun.

    Give me a break, the more they take away the happier they become…Control fanatics are a crazy breed

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