For Release: Friday, July 1, 2016
Washington, DC —Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a series of gun violence prevention initiatives, including a ban on bullet-button assault weapons and a ban on the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines. The Violence Policy Center was the first to identify the threat posed by bullet-button assault weapons in 2012 in its study Bullet Buttons: The Gun Industry’s Attack on California’s Assault Weapons Ban and has also long advocated for bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines, the common thread in virtually every mass public shooting. Following the bills being signed into law, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann stated:
Once again, California has shown leadership not only in gun violence prevention, but in battling the constant efforts of the firearms industry and gun lobby to undercut gun laws that are already on the books. Because of the tremendous efforts of gun violence prevention advocates across the state, tenacious state policymakers, and Governor Brown’s leadership, today California’s families and communities will be safer from gun violence.