Gun-control bills tailored for SF, Oakland advance

The Legislature on Friday sent two city-specific gun control measures – both for the Bay Area – to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The state Senate passed AB 180 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, which would give Oakland special permission to pass and enforce gun registration and licensing ordinances that are stricter than state law.

Bonta on Friday noted FBI statistics show Oakland last year had California’s highest violent-crime level, and the nation’s third highest. The city had more than 4,000 firearm-related crimes and 131 homicides in 2012; it has had 65 deaths by firearm so far in 2013.

“No one can deny that Oakland is suffering,” he said in a news release, adding his bill “is a smart and sensible bill that empowers Oakland and provides local control in addressing gun violence—where it is needed most.”

Bonta was appointed chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay this year, and he and fellow committee member Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will hold a news conference Monday morning in Oakland to urge Brown to sign this and other bills.

Meanwhile, the Assembly on Friday passed SB 475 by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, which would require permission from the San Francisco and San Mateo County boards of supervisors in order for gun shows to be held at the Cow Palace – in effect, banning any future gun shows there.

“For years, residents, community organizations and elected leaders from the neighborhoods surrounding the Cow Palace have asked to have a voice in the decision to hold gun shows in their backyards, but they have been ignored,” Leno said in a news release Friday. “Meanwhile, firearms related crimes persist in these communities, tearing apart the lives of innocent families who reside in the surrounding area. This proposal gives local communities a say in determining whether they want gun shows in their neighborhoods, especially when they live in daily fear of gun violence.”

The Cow Palace straddles the county line, and is operated by the state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Fairs and Expositions. Leno twice before has authored bills to impose flat-out bans on gun and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace: AB 2948 of 2008 failed on the Senate floor, and SB 585 of 2009 was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    @50. You must be a lawyer or retired school teacher. Do I get upset when someone messes with my name? You seem to be the only Troll who gets upset over something so petty. You obviously overlook the fact that criminals receive stolen guns. The criminals probably steal the guns & don’t bother with buying them. The criminals might buy guns in Chicago, where they have to leave town to steal them.
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    When some coward calls the cops on me, I avoid them for life.

  • JohnW


    Your point about criminals receiving stolen guns is true. It’s also true that they file off serial numbers. So, there is no perfect system.

    However, few would deny that a big share of the guns used in street crimes (where most of the gun deaths happen) got to the streets via trafficking, starting with a “legal” purchase and an “illegal” sale by a straw buyer. A “straw buyer” can also just be a girl friend without a criminal record who buys the gun for her boyfriend who is out of jail on probation. If we had the political will, we could shut down most of the organized trafficking pipeline and save thousands of lives each year without violating 2nd Amendment rights. People talk about “taking back their country?” I want to let people “take back their neighborhoods.”

    There are now three states, North Carolina being the most recent, that have passed NRA-backed laws prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from destroying guns that have been confiscated from criminals or turned in during buy-back programs. The laws require that the guns be put back into circulation by being turned over to licensed gun dealers. What sort of dick-head law is that? How does that protect 2nd Amendment rights? As far as I can tell, the only purpose of those laws is to give the middle finger to gun control advocates. Never mind that most of those guns are likely to end up back in criminal hands and cause more blood in the streets.

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  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    @51. See #46. The gun violence is in public housing & by families on welfare. The welfare system is set up so if people earn money legally, that money is deducted from their welfare. Who wants to work for nothing? The illegal, tax free money earned from selling drugs & prostitution, does not count against their welfare payment. In illegal activities, if someone rips you off, you whack them. Then they won’t rip you off again. Could that be the main source of gun violence?
    Then there is the money that comes from busting out back windows of Range Rovers, to get the purses & electronic devices off the back seat. The most common crime happening to Lafayettens. We heard some nearby morons yelling about it happening to them last week.
    The only thing I have heard of, stupider than destroying valuable guns by public agencies, was the burning of elephant tusks in Africa. Of coarse you Democrats think burning money is good. Only “dick-heads” oppose burning money.
    Do you really think the 3 people trying to contact me by LinkedIn wanted to give me a job? The first liberal, has my e-mail & street address. The second person is a total stranger. I donated a beautiful birdhouse to the 3rd one’s fundraiser a few years ago. The last time I tried to contact her, she called the cops on me. If you are amused by my insulting you, guess what she will get, if we ever cross paths again? My freedom of speech.
    Facebook seem to be the modern way to get in touch with people who can’t find their old friends latest phone number. Not LinkedIn.