The California Legislature Thursday gave its final stamp of approval to Senate Joint Resolution 1, a measure urging Congress and the president to support comprehensive gun violence prevention policy at the federal level.
“The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other recent mass shootings, as well as the daily carnage on streets and in homes all over America, clearly demonstrate the need for stricter controls on assault weapons and other dangerous weapons,” said Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, the measure’s lead author.
“Without a comprehensive federal approach to curbing gun violence, California’s laws will fall short of providing the security our citizens expect. We can reduce gun violence and protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The two goals are not mutually exclusive.”
SJR 1, authored by Wolk, 20 other members of the Senate and 44 members of the Assembly, supports congressional efforts to enact comprehensive gun violence prevention policy that includes prohibiting the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and strengthening criminal background check requirements.
Among those efforts is HR 1565, coauthored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, to require background checks for anyone buying a gun at a gun show or over the Internet. HR 1565 has yet to be taken up for a vote in the House of Representatives.
The resolution also supports federal legislation to require universal background checks for all firearm transfers, using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which can instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms or explosives.
Additionally, SJR 1 requests that the president take steps to ensure all states and applicable federal agencies report all necessary records to the federal background check system. It is estimated that 40 percent of firearm transfers are completed without a federal background check, including the transfer of semiautomatic firearms from private collections.