Sen. Yee: Study Shows Tough Gun Laws Result in Fewer Deaths

The study shows states with the toughest gun laws reportedly have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths.

A recently released study indicates states with the toughest gun laws have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, according to a statement from the office of California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo).

The study, released by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, also indicates states with "weak" gun laws have the highest rates of gun deaths, Yee's office reported.

The six states with the lowest per capita gun death rates - Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut - all had some of the "toughest" gun laws in country, according to the study.

In contrast, the top 10 states with the highest per capita gun death rates - Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi - all had reportedly "weak" gun laws, the study reported.

"It is a fact that strong gun laws work, and weak laws result in the loss of innocent lives," said Yee, who is authoring legislation to attempt close a loophole in California’s assault weapon ban and to strengthen state law regarding safe storage of weapons.

"Clearly, there is a direct correlation between common sense gun laws and fewer gun-related homicides. While we cannot stop every senseless act of gun violence, we should certainly strengthen our laws to prevent tragedies," he said.

Yee’s bill, SB 47, is modeled after a bill he introduced last year but that was held by the State Assembly.

The bill prohibits semi-automatic weapons, including AR-15s and AK-47s, from having devices known as "bullet buttons" and "mag magnets." SB 47 also prohibits add-on kits that allow high-capacity magazines.

A "bullet button" is designed to replace a normal magazine release button with a recessed button that can only be accessed through the use of a tool - such as, the tip of a bullet.

The California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) declared in 2011 that semi-automatic rifles utilizing a bullet button are considered to be "fixed magazine" rifles, and therefore legal under the state's assault weapon ban.

Last year, , but the bill . Many speculate that was a result of widespread opposition by gun supporters who believe such laws will not help prevent mass shootings such as Sandy Hook Elementary and the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting.

Yee said he is also planning to introduce legislation that will toughen safety requirements.

Current law states that, if a gun is not secured, either through a trigger lock or by being in a locked safety device, that the gun owner can be held liable for any injuries or deaths to a person under the age of 18.

Yee’s bill will require that all guns have a locked trigger and be properly stored in a lock box when not in use at all times, regardless of any incidents.

The subject of gun control has been in the spotlight following the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed.


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GPG January 06, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Too bad some of the toughest gun laws in the nation are in CT. And more people died during the 1994-2004 AWB than after it expired. Yee is a Liar and a fraud. Immediately after the Aurora massacre he decided it was appropriate to immediately politicize it, trying to drum up support for his bill. He will lie, cheat, and manipulate only in order to push his agenda and further his career. He doesn't care about facts, he doesn't care about people, he only cares about his career. The worst school massacre in US history didn't even involve a gun. Multiple letters will be going to my representatives to vote this bill down. The bullet buttons and locks installed on most rifles eliminates fast reloading. We've had it for years, and we have one of the lowest rates of death for shootings in the US. There is positively no need for further legislation. None. It is not required nor will it do anything positive.
Aaron January 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM
The world bank has shown that reducing wealth inequality does more to prevent violent crime then any gun law. siteresources.worldbank.org/DEC/Resources/Crime%26Inequality.pdf gun laws aren't going to help ... people who want to do spree killings will use knives or explosives or poision the proverbial watering hole... just ask the Chinese. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_attacks_in_China_%282010%E2%80%932012%29 anyway .. nobody here seems to want to talk about the real issues here. Oppression, Privilege, and the role of violence in the structure of power in our society. Violence isn't going away any time soon, it is the only thing our culture respects as authority lately. Violence has penetrated into all our institutions, our language, or social heirarcy, and our mechanisms of control and "retribution" Understanding what non-violence is may help us fully grasp violence and how deeply it has affected every facet of our lives, few people will ever google search "non-violence", and fewer still will read the wiki articles about the history, and origins. A very small portion of the population will read materials authored by leaders of "non-violence" and none of these people will write legislation. Go on perpetuting the myth that laws will actually inform the actions of people who enjoy owning weapons if you want. I know the truth.. owning a gun increases my odds of getting shot, or shooting. Neither of these things are relevant to my interests.
Aaron January 07, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Shark fin soup is banned in California and as a public official, Yee must be held accountable to our highest moral standards: I doubt that he eats shark fin soup. I would cite flouridation, or the dumping of industrial chemicals in our water supply as more likely to cause widespread idiocy than Mercury poisioning. Furthermore, I would cite the above comment as evidence to demonstrate the existence of such a conspiracy to deliberately render our local population incapable of intelligent thought. And, To answer your question "Is Yee here legally?" if you mean "Is Yee a legal resident of the United States?" then the answer is yes. Yee became a Naturalized citizen at age 3. He Got a Bachelors Degree at UC Berkeley. He was awarded his Doctorate in Child Psychology at the University of Hawaii, and with such an education, Yee is infinitely more capable of understanding you then you are he. In short, you are a chicken shit little nobody who hides behind guns and anonymity and I believe that at any given moment you are capable of becoming a "non law abiding gun owner." I dare you to shoot at me asshole. I would most like to challenge you to a legally sanctioned contest of Fisticuffs. Sorry to all the wonderful folks on the patch for feeding the troll.
Vick January 15, 2013 at 01:18 AM
There are going to be a lot of proceeds from sold guns going towards voting the anti constitutional thugs that support this bill out of office come election time. Rightfully so.
Jailmobguy January 17, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Every member of the California State Government should be charge with RICO and sentenced to life in 23 hour lockdown. One bed one toilet with one asshole in it.


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