California Moms Disappointed the Governor Failed to Put Public Safety Concerns Ahead of the Gun Lobby’s Demands
The California Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots organization of thousands of members statewide, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of seven gun law reforms today:
“Gov. Jerry Brown chose to ignore expert testimony of law enforcement, gun violence prevention advocates, and California families when he vetoed crucial gun reforms earlier today, including measures that would have closed dangerous loopholes in California’s assault weapons ban,” said Cynthia Pillsbury, California spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Semi-automatic rifles with detachable ammunition magazines, like the one used in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting last year, are designed for the battlefield and have no place in the hands of civilians.”
Moms Demand Action strongly supports the courage of the California State Assembly for passing 14 bills to help curb gun violence and protect all Californians. The Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement (LIFE) Act Bills were an important step toward reinforcing California’s brave and distinguished position of having the strongest gun laws in the nation.
“As moms, we are disappointed and angry that Gov. Brown’s failed to protects his constituents and bowed to gun lobby pressure to veto these measures,” Pillsbury said. “Although Gov. Brown signed 10 bills earlier this year enhancing gun safety in California, he missed an important opportunity to continue California’s leadership in gun violence prevention. We will continue to fight for these laws every session until they’re passed.”