East Bay lawmaker offers two gun control bills

California handguns would have to have owner-authorized safety mechanisms such as biometric readers, and stolen firearms would have to be reported within two days, under new bills from an East Bay lawmaker.

“Senseless violence occurs far too often when guns fall into the wrong hands,” state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said in a news release today. “I introduced these bills to improve gun safety and help law enforcement better keep firearms out of the hands of criminals or illicit gun traffickers.”

SB 293 would require that handguns have an owner authorized safety mechanism, such as biometric readers or other technologies.

SB 299 would require that anyone whose firearm is lost or stolen must notify local law enforcement within 48 hours of the time they knew, or reasonably should have known, of the loss or theft. If the firearm is later recovered, local law enforcement would have to be notified within 48 hours of the recovery.

DeSaulnier said his bills also take aim at reducing gun-related suicides, by decreasing illicit guns on the streets and preventing unauthorized users from operating handguns. About about 19,000 of the nation’s more than 31,000 gun-related deaths each year are due to suicide, he said, and firearms are the nation’s leading method of suicide.

DeSaulnier last year had authored SB 1366 requiring lost or stolen firearms to be reported to local law enforcement. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill in September, writing that “(f)or the most part, responsible people report the loss or theft of a firearm and irresponsible people do not,” and he was “skeptical that this bill would change those behaviors.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Is there no end to this turd?

    Does he introduce some idiotic bill every day, or does it just seem like it?

  • JAFO

    I suggest similar technology be utilized, in this case a biometric intelligence confirmation device, before state legislators are allowed to introduce legislation or cast a vote.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    @1. I went to the debate between Mark D. & Mark M. I have to agree with you Woody, when you say “Idiots vote”. At the $15 breakfast & debate. Mark D. was a babbling idiot, compared to Mark M. The best man lost the election. Other than the 20 people spending $15 on the breakfast, people had to depend on the obviously corrupt, liberal media, for their information.

  • dan cooper

    Why is it that the States that have the most Government corruption are the states with the most gun control laws.

    Send a shock wave to Dianne Feinstein and the extreme left. Sign the petition to repeal Senate Bill SBX211. When the entire Los Angeles Superior Court Judges face felony charges for accepting money that was NOT authorized by law. That should put them back on their heels for a while.
    Google SBX211 and sign the petition. COMPLETE MAINSTREAM MEDIA BLACKOUT, Please tell others to sign.

  • JohnW

    @4 Dan Cooper — Why is it that the states that have the most government corruption are the states with the most gun control laws?

    There’s no correlation between the level of state government corruption and gun control.

    I don’t know who has the final say on which states have the most corrupt government, but the Center for Public Integrity ranks states based on risk of corruption and lack of accountability. The Criminal Justice Degrees Guide website ranks the most corrupt states based on actual incidents of corruption. Their “top 10” (most corrupt) lists don’t match, but both have a mix if states with tough gun control laws and states that don’t. If anything, the states identified as the most corrupt tend to have the weakest gun control laws. California does not appear among the most corrupt top ten on either list.

    Among the states appearing on the two lists are such low gun control states as Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Wyoming. I was surprised that Louisiana wasn’t on either list, but that is another low gun regulation state.

    In fairness, the lists also include stronger gun control states such as New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

  • Harold Douglas

    Check this out…it got my attention…WOW

    NRA created to protect free slaves

    Pass it on

  • For Liberty

    The five most threats facing Americans today:


    Thanks Mark!!