Gun Control Efforts Expand in Los Angeles County After Monterey Park Shooting

The mass shooting that left 11 people dead in Monterey Park, CA last month took place just eight miles away from the boardroom where the Democrat-controlled Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed new control measures, according to a press release. The board aims to declare gun violence a “public health crisis in Los Angeles County,” in response to the tragedy. 

“We know that blame for the gun violence epidemic lies with the failure of Congressional leaders to pass even the most basic federal gun laws. Because they have not acted — we have found actions we can take at the county level to protect lives,” said Chair Hahn in the press release.

Out of half a dozen measures, only two will likely become law. The rest of them will have to be vetted before they can take effect. One measure prohibits .50-caliber handguns in unincorporated Los Angeles. The second measure prohibits firearms on county property, including beaches and parks. Other than an exception for law enforcement, this law even applies to people with concealed carry permits. 

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Two other measures also seem likely to need little vetting. One would require businesses that sell guns to place signage regarding the dangers of guns for their customers to view. The other measure requires gun owners to keep their firearms stored or disabled with a trigger lock. 

There are other measures that might cause an uproar from opponents. One of those measures being explored is a county-wide gun registry. The proposal would create a database in conjunction with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. 

According to the motion obtained by the LA Times, Supervisors Lindsey Horvath and Hilda Solis, who co-authored the proposal, believe that the measure would decrease the time it takes to trace guns in violent crime investigations. 

“Having access to a database that lists the firearm(s) registered to a certain address would allow first responders to better assess the situation and adjust their approach accordingly when responding to a call for service at an address with a licensed firearm,” the motion reads.

Supervisor Horvath believes her proposal is “common sense.”

“We must do absolutely everything in our power to prevent and put an end to gun violence in our community. Today’s motions do exactly that,” said Supervisor Horvath. “I’m proud to advance common sense gun safety guidelines and to join my Board colleagues in our continued demand to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Hovarth said in the press release. 

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Another motion in the gun control package would require liability insurance for gun owners. The proposal aims to incentivize gun owners to use trigger locks, take safety classes and utilize chamber load indicators.  

Some of the other measures mentioned in the press release include a letter-writing campaign to Sen. Feinstein urging her to support raising the minimum age from 18 to 21, a requirement for gun sellers to take yearly safety training, and the strengthening of concealed carry laws at the state level. 

The press release ends with a statistic from the Gun Violence Archive, which considers gang and drug violence to fall under “mass shootings,” stating that there have been 54 “mass shootings,” this year. 

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  • Mark N. February 10, 2023, 11:54 pm

    The signage they are requiring is already a state law. The ordinance about .50 cal handguns, of which there are what, two? is simply idiotic. The State already maintains a gun registry. The ban on county property probably fails Bruen, but the state plans on passing an even more all encompassing statute (that will also fail under Bruen). Plus, they talk about tracing guns, but the ATF already performs that function. And what that has to do with telling first responders what dangers they may face is a non sequitur. The older I get, the more I hate politics and politicians who pass laws not having any clue what is already on the books or what it takes to pass constitutional muster.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment February 10, 2023, 4:48 am

    And which new law would have stopped the mass shooting? 50 cal……after they get a specific size on the books it will be a pen stroke to add others!

    • Alan February 10, 2023, 7:24 pm

      How about taking action against armed criminals? The results might be interesting.

      • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment February 11, 2023, 6:28 pm

        That seems to be illegal as they arrest the cops and victims instead…..

    • Mark N. February 11, 2023, 10:01 pm

      Not necessarily. .50 BMG has been illegal in California forever, and which is why, originally, Barret refused to service LEO rifles, and ultimately why he moved out of state.

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