Today, in a significant victory for gun violence prevention in California, the Assembly passed AB 809 (Feuer), a bill that would require the Department of Justice to retain copies of sales records for long guns (rifles and shotguns), as it already does for handguns. The Law Center is co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Retention of long gun records would help law enforcement agencies quickly identify the owners of crime guns, and help get illegal firearms out of the hands of dangerous felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill. It would also help law enforcement be forewarned about the presence of long guns at private residences when responding to emergency calls.

AB 809 now proceeds to the State Senate.We thank Assembly member Feuer for his outstanding leadership on this issue, as well as our California gun violence prevention coalition partners for their important work on this bill.