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 Sen. 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 close a major 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 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,” which allow the gun to be easily reloaded with multiple rounds of ammunition. SB 47 also prohibits add-on kits that allow high-capacity magazines.

Yee is also planning to introduce legislation that will toughen safety requirements. Current law only requires that gun owners own a trigger lock or safety lock box for their weapon, but doesn’t require the safety device to be used on an idle firearm. Yee’s bill will require that all guns have a locked trigger and be properly stored in a lock box when not in use.

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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Charles January 03, 2013 at 07:33 PM
In 2011, SF Weekly writer Matt Smith penned an article which described a number of data points and allegations, including Sen. Yee’s being stopped twice in the Mission District’s hooker-row area by police for allegedly soliciting prostitutes, being caught shoplifting sun tan oil lotion while vacationing in Hawaii, accusations of his cooking the books at a non-profit where he was an administrator, being in the pocket of his campaign donors, and lying about where he lived to send his kids to a better school within San Francisco. In October of 2011, the website 8asians.com published a feature on Yee, [with the writer] stating, “I’ve only heard bad things from those who have had to deal with Yee in a variety of capacities. Senator Yee has a long history of pandering to special interests and a palpable hostility towards American Constitutional principles. Prior to SB 249, his ban on so-called violent video games culminated in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association. The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, found that Yee’s legislation violated the First Amendment rights of Americans.
Jo Tog January 03, 2013 at 08:08 PM
How the HELL did this man get to be a SENATOR?? You know the books are cooked. I will never vote again. Tired of California cheating. Repub votes are always thrown in the bay.
Charles January 04, 2013 at 03:46 AM
As Calif. gun sales go up, number of gun-casualties goes down http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57561950/as-calif-gun-sales-go-up-number-of-gun-casualties-goes-down/
Lionel Emde January 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
As irrelevant issues are brought up by posters, I guess to avoid tralking about the issue of gun control, people who are genuinely interested in learning about the issue might take a look at the example of Australia: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/21/167814684/australians-urge-u-s-to-look-at-their-gun-laws Or this video interview of former Australian prime minister John Howard: http://news.sky.com/story/1031439/us-can-learn-from-australias-gun-laws
USMC Sgt January 05, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Our politicians should be letting us protect ourselves as they do for themselves (concealed carry). Only criminals will have guns while we have nothing. Did you hear about the mother with two children who stopped an intruder with a rape whistle? Of course not, because it was actually a gun. Good job mom.


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