The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a set of motions aimed at “strengthening” gun regulations.
The four motions were authored by Board Chair Janice Hahn, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath, with the Board calling them a direct response to the Lunar New Year mass shooting in Monterey Park.
“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,” Hahn said. “Because they have not acted — we have found actions we can take at the county level to protect lives.”
The first motion, labeled as item 2 during the board meeting and authored by Hahn, seeks an ordinance to stop the sale and possession of .50 caliber guns and ammo in unincorporated regions of L.A. County. The motion also would create a 1,000-foot gap between gun sellers and “child-sensitive areas,” such as schools and playgrounds.
The second motion, authored by Solis and labeled as item 8 during the board meeting, would support Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation that seeks to raise the minimum age to buy “assault weapons” from 18 to 21.
The third motion, authored by Horvath and labeled as item 15 during the meeting, seeks to draft an ordinance to require guns to be locked by owners and mandate liability insurance.
“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,” Horvath said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
The final gun-related motion, authored by Hahn and labeled as item 56-A, seeks to support California senate bill 2 and senate bill 241, which would add requirements to concealed carry weapon laws, as well as require federally licensed firearm dealers to pass an annual training program in conjunction with the Dept. of Justice.
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