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New bills introduced in Sacramento to prevent gun violence

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Jessica Paterson
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There are two new bills being considered in Sacramento to address gun violence in California. They were introduced Wednesday by State Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

SB 505 would require law enforcement to search a database for gun purchases prior to conducting a welfare check on somebody who may be a danger to themselves or others. Also SB 580, which would provide additional funding to enforce existing gun laws.

"I think California has been a leader in this area, trying to balance the rights of those who are legally able to have firearms versus the rights of the public to be safe and secure," said Jackson. "I think we've done a much better job of that than they have in congress, and it's my hope that we'll continue to do that."

On the federal level, last week Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill in the House designed temporarily stop someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun.

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