Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee Unanimously Supports Gun Safety Proposals | Kaplan for Oakland

OFFICE OF VICE MAYOR REBECCA KAPLAN

Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee Unanimously Supports Gun Safety Proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2015
Contact: Andre Jones, Chief of Staff for Vice Mayor Kaplan
(510) 238-7081 : ajones@oaklandnet.com

OAKLAND, CA – Tuesday December 15, the Public Safety Committee of the Oakland City Council unanimously voted to recommend for Council adoption, proposals requiring stricter gun safety. In the past days, the NRA has attacked Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan for her leadership in support of gun safety, asking supporters to speak-out against the measures.

Vice Mayor Kaplan responded to NRA’s attacks stating, “The NRA claim that they are for responsible gun ownership.  But leaving a gun loose in the backseat of an unattended car is incredibly irresponsible.  Does the NRA really defend having people leave guns loose where they can easily get into the hands of criminals and end up with people killed — including Antonio Ramos and Katy Steinle?  Letting guns be left where they can so easily be stolen is bad for public safety. If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don’t care about safety — just about selling more guns.”

The Public Safety Committee heard from multiple residents speaking out in support of these common sense measures.

Linnea Ashley, National Training and Advocacy Manager for Youth ALIVE!, an Oakland based organization that works to reduce youth violence said, “Youth ALIVE! deals with the impact of guns and the damage of bullets every day.  We support the gun safety ordinances being  proposed in Oakland and believe they will help make Oakland safer”

The Ordinances, co-authored by Vice Mayor Kaplan, City Attorney Barbara Parker and Councilmembers Kalb and Campbell Washington, will include requirements to secure all firearms and ammunition in unattended vehicles, and for gun owners to keep their firearms secured with a trigger lock or in a lock box.

Recently, several horrific murders have been committed with guns stolen from vehicles.  Staff attorney Allison Anderman of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said guns stolen from cars end up in the hands of criminals, “car break ins are at record levels and when people leave guns unsecured in a car they are likely to be stolen and sold into the criminal market.  Because of these ordinance gun thefts from vehicles is likely to go down.  Fewer stolen guns will be a benefit to Oakland residents”.

Last week, Oakland City Council unanimously passed Vice Mayor Kaplan’s proposal to support the 2016 California ballot initiative “Safety For All Act” by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom – which would require background checks for all firearm and ammunition sales, and reporting lost and stolen firearms, and other common sense gun safety measures.

The measures will be heard by the full City Council on the evening of Tuesday January 5th, . 2016

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Sheng Thao

Office of Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan

Policy and Communications Director
City of Oakland
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 243 · Oakland, CA  94612
(o) 510-238-7008 · (d) 510-238-7082 · (e) sthao@oaklandnet.com

OFFICE OF VICE MAYOR REBECCA KAPLAN

Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee Unanimously Supports Gun Safety Proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2015
Contact: Andre Jones, Chief of Staff for Vice Mayor Kaplan
(510) 238-7081 : ajones@oaklandnet.com

OAKLAND, CA – Tuesday December 15, the Public Safety Committee of the Oakland City Council unanimously voted to recommend for Council adoption, proposals requiring stricter gun safety. In the past days, the NRA has attacked Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan for her leadership in support of gun safety, asking supporters to speak-out against the measures.

Vice Mayor Kaplan responded to NRA’s attacks stating, “The NRA claim that they are for responsible gun ownership.  But leaving a gun loose in the backseat of an unattended car is incredibly irresponsible.  Does the NRA really defend having people leave guns loose where they can easily get into the hands of criminals and end up with people killed — including Antonio Ramos and Katy Steinle?  Letting guns be left where they can so easily be stolen is bad for public safety. If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don’t care about safety — just about selling more guns.”

The Public Safety Committee heard from multiple residents speaking out in support of these common sense measures.

Linnea Ashley, National Training and Advocacy Manager for Youth ALIVE!, an Oakland based organization that works to reduce youth violence said, “Youth ALIVE! deals with the impact of guns and the damage of bullets every day.  We support the gun safety ordinances being  proposed in Oakland and believe they will help make Oakland safer”

The Ordinances, co-authored by Vice Mayor Kaplan, City Attorney Barbara Parker and Councilmembers Kalb and Campbell Washington, will include requirements to secure all firearms and ammunition in unattended vehicles, and for gun owners to keep their firearms secured with a trigger lock or in a lock box.

Recently, several horrific murders have been committed with guns stolen from vehicles.  Staff attorney Allison Anderman of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said guns stolen from cars end up in the hands of criminals, “car break ins are at record levels and when people leave guns unsecured in a car they are likely to be stolen and sold into the criminal market.  Because of these ordinance gun thefts from vehicles is likely to go down.  Fewer stolen guns will be a benefit to Oakland residents”.

Last week, Oakland City Council unanimously passed Vice Mayor Kaplan’s proposal to support the 2016 California ballot initiative “Safety For All Act” by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom – which would require background checks for all firearm and ammunition sales, and reporting lost and stolen firearms, and other common sense gun safety measures.

The measures will be heard by the full City Council on the evening of Tuesday January 5th, . 2016

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Sheng Thao

Office of Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan

Policy and Communications Director
City of Oakland
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 243 · Oakland, CA  94612
(o) 510-238-7008 · (d) 510-238-7082 · (e) sthao@oaklandnet.com