Pictured are some of the unwanted firearms collected at a Dec. 10, 2022 gun buyback event in Morgan Hill. File photo.
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Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Aug. 3 that he is sponsoring an “unprecedented” statewide ballot initiative that seeks to “transcend the bitter politics of gun control and save the lives of crime victims, the suicidal and children.”

If approved by voters, the Gun Violence Prevention Act would impose a fee on ammunition purchases to fund enhanced treatment for mental health patients who may be dangerous; require all crime labs in California to take steps to solve shooting crimes; and improve healthcare for gunshot victims, says a press release from Rosen’s office.

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Each year, more than 10,000 Californians are shot, Rosen said. There is a mass shooting, on average, almost every week in the state. 

The financial cost of this “preventable carnage” is estimated at more than $18 billion a year, says the press release. 

Rosen is seeking to put the measure on the ballot for the next statewide election in 2024.

“We cannot just give up knowing that in the next few weeks, a mentally ill gunman somewhere is going to shoot a lot of people,” Rosen said. “Practical Californians will lead the way beyond thoughts and prayers toward action and safety.”

Provisions of the GVPA proposal include: 

Stopping potential shooters, assisting law enforcement 

GVPA mandates that the State of California offer mental health treatment to people found dangerous to themselves or others, who are ordered to turn in their firearms because they violated a Red Flag Law or Domestic Violence Restraining Order, says the press release.
GVPA requires law enforcement and crime laboratories to collect and analyze all firearms and shell casings recovered from crime scenes, Rosen added. “That provision will connect shootings, identify perpetrators and solve more gun crimes more quickly.”

Make guns and gun owners safer 

GVPA mandates trigger locks or gun safes for all stored guns; and in five years, all firearms in California will have a biometric locking mechanism if the initiative passes.

GVPA will enhance the education of lawful gun owners about vital health, legal and gun safety information, the press release continues. GVPA will require all gun owners to take at least four hours of gun safety training and pass an in-person test.

Care for victims

GVPA will require California to create a statewide network of Trauma Recovery Centers to provide gun violence victims with mental health assistance, critical counseling services and state-funded restitution to help victims recover, Rosen said. 

Charge fees on ammunition and gun registration 

GVPA will pay for these programs through an ammunition fee and a yearly firearm registration fee, Rosen said. GVPA’s ammunition fee will be the first of its kind in the nation.  

If it qualifies through the state ballot initiative process—which includes the gathering and verification of signatures from registered voters—GVPA would appear on California’s Presidential General Election ballot on Nov. 5, 2024. 

For information, visit gvpanow.org.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Jeff Rosen really needs to start more child molestation. There is a pattern in the DA’s Office of looking the other way and prosecuting parents who report it.

    He also lets well connected attorneys to assault parents who complain about this.

    There is more information here:

    https://www.thepetitionsite.com/272/404/301/district-attorney-jeffrey-rosen-please-stop-sex-trafficking-my-kids/

    AND

    https://tinyurl.com/w8cpscf6

    I hope that Mr. Rosen can change the culture. No child or parent deserves to be treated in such a barbaric manner.

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  2. I don’t know if this legislation is going to be effective, or not.

    But I do know that it won’t cost 18 billion dollars to protect children from being sexually abused.

    All he needs to do is not ignore or prosecute parents when they report it. I didn’t even commit a crime, but that didn’t matter. The whole intent with filing the complaint was to quickly bring the matter to competency proceedings. My former attorney (the person sex trafficking my kids) was promising to tamper with any evaluation. Mr. Rosen didn’t care what it meant for my kids.

    When I refused to comply with the sex traffickers demands, I was repeatedly assaulted. Although I gave Mr. Rosen and many of his deputies all the information, the proceedings continued and no requests for relief were granted.

    People go to court to resolve disputes in a civil manner with the absence of violence. This just isn’t always the case in Santa Clara County.

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  3. Mr. Rosen has helped this attorney sex traffic at least 9 children and has sanctioned the assaults of at least two parents.

    I urge anyone with children to contact the District Attorney’s Office and demand change.

    This can happen to anyone in the community. It could be you and your kids next time.

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