Isla Vista-Inspired Gun-Violence Bills Signed into Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that will allow police and family members to seek the temporary seizure of firearms from persons deigned threats to themselves or others.

The bill, AB1014, was drafted in the wake of last May’s Isla Vista massacre near the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus that left seven young people dead, four from gunshots, including the assailant Elliot Rodger, who took his own life. Prior to the tragedy, Rodger’s family had alerted authorities to their son’s disturbed behavior, but relatives and police would later say they were unaware of Rodger’s weapons cache. Another bill, SB505, also signed into law Tuesday, will encourage law enforcement to make a weapons check part of the routine welfare check.

“If both of these laws had been in place on May 23, things could have been very different,” Rodger’s father, Peter Rodger, said in a statement, the Associated Press reported. “California, today, is a safer state because of this legislation. Let’s hope other states follow.”

Last month, the Glendale City Council, on a 4-1 vote, passed a resolution in support of AB1014. Mayor Zareh Sinanyan and Councilmembers Paula Devine, Laura Friedman and Dave Weaver voted in favor of the resolution. Councilmember Ara Najarian, who opposed the 2013 effort to effectively remove the Glendale Gun Show from the city-owned Glendale Civic Auditorium, cast the lone “no” vote.

Like the majority of the council, the Coalition for a Better Glendale was supportive of AB1014. The Coalition drafted a letter to Gov. Brown urging him to sign the bill.

“As parents, children, siblings, spouses, and concerned Americans, we join the growing number of Americans who wish to see sensible gun laws enacted that will help prevent further massacres from occurring in our neighborhoods, schools and communities,” the Coalition wrote.

The Coalition is pleased and encouraged by AB1014′s passage into law.

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Glendale City Council Voter Guide: Where the Candidates Stand on Gun Legislation

ScreenHunter_39 Mar. 29 12.11Tuesday is election day throughout California. In Glendale, polls open at 7 a.m., and five local candidates will vie for one open seat on the Glendale City Council.

Here’s a recap of how each of the candidates weighed in—or not—on the subject of Glendale’s
moves in 2013 to ban gun and ammo sales on city property, and effectively bar the Glendale Gun Show from the publicly owned Glendale Civic Auditorium. The candidates are listed in the order in which they appear on the June 3 ballot:

  • Rick Barnes:  Opposed the gun-and-ammo initiatives as a council candidate in 2013; told the News-Press he was reconsidering his stance in the wake of the May 23 UC Santa Barbara mass shooting, and said he supported the idea of a local ban on high-capacity magazine sales.
  • Mike Mohill:  Expressed support for the council’s gun-show ban as a candidate in 2013; told the News-Press he was too busy to respond to a 2014 Coalition for a Better Glendale survey on the gun show and gun violence.
  • Vartan Gharpetian: Told the News-Press he would, in the newspaper’s words, “not oppose the gun-show ban in the future.” He expressed provisional support for a gun buy-back program, and did not take a stance on the issue of high-capacity magazine sales within the city.
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Coalition for a Better Glendale City Council Candidate Survey: Chahe Keuroghelian

Chahe Keuroghelian supports the idea of a local ban on high-capacity weapon magazines and has pledged to oppose any effort to repeal action that effectively barred the Glendale Gun Show from the publicly owned Glendale Civic Auditorium.

“Strict enforcement of anti-gun laws should be the goal of our city [and] police department,” Keuroghelian wrote in response to a Coalition for a Better Glendale survey on the gun show and gun violence.

As of this writing, Keuroghelian is the second candidate for Glendale City Council to formally respond to the Coalition’s effort.

The questions and Keuroghelian’s responses can be read in their entirety here:

CABG survey — Keuroghelian 1

CABG survey — Keuroghelian 2

Questionnaires were mailed to all five candidates vying for a council seat in Tuesday’s (June 3) election.

The Coalition for a Better Glendale is a grassroots group of neighbors, homeowners, voters, parents and more who helped lead the fight to end the city’s formal affiliation with the gun show.

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City Council Candidates Slow to Respond to Glendale Gun Show Survey

Paula Devine remains the only candidate for Glendale City Council to respond to a Coalition for a Better Glendale survey aimed at gauging support for a 2013 council move that effectively spelled the end of the Glendale Gun Show at the city-owned Glendale Civic Auditorium.

As of Thursday, the Coalition was still awaiting formal responses from Rick Barnes, Vartan Gharpetian, Chahe Keuroghelian and Mike Mohill.

In an interview with the News-Press, Keuroghelian said his survey was in the mail.

Keuroghelian told the paper he supports the ordinance that bars gun and ammo sales on city property. He expressed a similar position to the Coalition last year during his 2013 council run.

In her survey, Devine likewise expressed support for the gun show-related ordinance.

Gharpetian told the News-Press “he would not oppose the gun-show ban in the future.” Mohill, per the newspaper, was too busy to address the issue.

Barnes, who came out against the gun show-related moves during his 2013 council candidacy, said last weekend’s mass shooting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, had given him pause, and that he needed to think further about the issue, the News-Press reported.

The Coalition for a Better Glendale is a grassroots group of neighbors, homeowners, voters, parents and more who helped lead the fight to end the city’s formal affiliation with the gun show.

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Coalition for a Better Glendale City Council Candidate Survey: Paula Devine

Paula Devine says she supports the Glendale City Council’s 2013 decision to prohibit the possession and sale of firearms on city property—a move that effectively ended the Glendale Gun Show-era at the publicly owned Glendale Civic Auditorium.

“There have been no negative impacts due to the ordinance,” Devine wrote in response to a Coalition for a Better Glendale survey on the gun show and gun violence.

Devine is the first candidate for Glendale City Council to respond to the Coalition’s effort.

The questions and Devine’s responses can be read in their entirety here:

CABG survey — Devine 1

CABG survey — Devine 2

Questionnaires were mailed to all five candidates vying for a council seat in the June 3 election. All responses will be posted here upon receipt.

The Coalition for a Better Glendale is a grassroots group of neighbors, homeowners, voters, parents and more who helped lead the fight to end the city’s formal affiliation with the gun show.

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Glendale City Council Candidates Put to Glendale Gun Show Test

The Coalition for a Better Glendale has initiated a survey of the candidates for the Glendale City Council on the issue of the Glendale Gun Show.

Among other things, the candidates have been asked if they would defend and uphold council actions taken in 2013 that effectively ended the Glendale Gun Show’s run at the city-owned Glendale Civic Auditorium.

Results of the survey will be posted here prior to the June 3 election.

The Coalition is a grassroots group of neighbors, homeowners, voters, parents and more who found each other in the wake of the Newtown massacre, and who helped lead the fight to end the city’s formal affiliation with the gun show.

Condolences

Funeral services have been set for Nov. 25 for Joseph Gatto, the 78-year-old father of Glendale-area Assemblyman Mike Gatto who was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home last week. The Coalition for a Better Glendale expresses its sympathies to the Assemblyman and his family.

So, Are We Going to Change Things…or Not?

Slate says the Navy Yard mass shooting “won’t change anything.” The Washington Post writes an obituary for gun control. Coalition for a Better Glendale founding member Deborah Dentler tweets a new call to action.

ScreenHunter_75 Sep. 18 21.44Stay tuned.

“Surprising Findings From a Comprehensive Report on Gun Violence”

A good read from Slate on the findings by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

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