LA County Supervisors Unanimously Vote to Look Into Tighter Gun Laws

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In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has agreed to look into tighter gun restrictions and a new violence prevention plan. 

This motion, co-authored by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas, comes in response to the high number of school shooting plaguing the United States in recent past. 

The Board of Supervisors plan to explore tactics of gun regulation, sales to peoples under the age of 21, banning gun sales near schools and safe storage laws.

Supervisors Sheila Kuehl sees this motion as a positive move towards public gun safety. "A new section in our department of public health is going to concentrate entirely on violence prevention" she says. 

"We put a lot of money into treating trauma [and] medical treatment [and] the results of violence," Kuehl adds. "We do not, as yet, invest very much in prevention."

Ridley-Thomas adds that the issue with gun violence is beyond school shootings as 30,000 Americans die each year from gunshot wounds. 

"So we want to take a more comprehensive approach. We want to show that we're here to stay. We are not just- 'Oh, there was another thing about guns and so we better do something'."

Read the full story at The LA Times

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