The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is pleased to report that the California State Senate has taken a critical step to help stop illegal gun trafficking and keep guns out of the wrong hands.

The Law Center co-sponsored bill SB 1366 (DeSaulnier) was passed by the California State Senate’s Public Safety Committee in a hearing earlier today. SB 1366 would require gun owners to alert local law enforcement within 48 hours when their firearms are lost or stolen.

Requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns will provide law enforcement with a critical tool to curb illegal gun trafficking. Without a reporting law in place, individuals whose guns are recovered at crime scenes can falsely claim that their weapons innocently disappeared in order to hide their involvement in criminal activity.

Working to pass gun violence prevention legislation is one of the major ways we help to keep our communities safe. The Law Center is playing a critical role in advancing this piece of legislation, with the help of our allies. SB 1366 is co-sponsored by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and supported by the California Police Chiefs Association and gun violence prevention groups statewide.

For more information on the ways this law can help stop illegal trafficking, please visit the Lost and Stolen Reporting fact sheet.