By Michele Hanisee
California has imposed multiple restrictions on guns in recent years, including restrictions on gun capacity, possession and even purchase of ammunition. Yet SB 620, which has been sent to the Governor for his approval or veto, would loosen penalties for those convicted of using a gun in a crime.
Multiple shots fired during a drive-by shooting into a crowd of innocent people the shooter didn’t know, striking one–that’s the crime committed by the person Senator Steven Bradford picked as the poster boy for his legislation. It is truly puzzling why this attempt to kill multiple people was chosen as an example of why penalties for using a gun in a crime should be lessened.
The illegal use of guns to kill or wound innocent victims is a tragic story that occurs far too often. Mandatory punishment for using a gun during a violent crime is right and just. We urge Governor Brown to veto SB 620.
To read our previous blogs regarding SB 620, please read:
- Gun Enhancements Should Not Be Rolled Back Because Victims Are Lucky Enough to Survive
- Outright Lies Grease Passage of Bill That Eliminates Mandatory Gun Enhancements
- Rollback of Mandatory Gun Enhancements Rejected by State Assembly
Michele Hanisee is President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, the collective bargaining agent representing nearly 1,000 Deputy District Attorneys who work for the County of Los Angeles.