"My community has suffered tremendous tragedy, losing two Riverside County Deputy Sheriffs in just two weeks. And in 2021 California saw its most deadly year since 2007 with 2,361 homicides. Three-quarters of those deaths were from firearms, and three-quarters of those victims were Black and Latino. California's crime spree is a result of California's soft-on-crime policies, and we must change that," shared Essayli.
"We're still mourning the recent mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay. We must do more than mourn--we must ask why does Governor Newsom and our legislature insist on protecting the criminals who commit these heinous acts? If we are serious about stopping crime, and we're serious about gun crimes, we need to have serious consequences. And that's why I introduced AB 328 today. This bill will reinstate the 20-to-life statutory minimum for using a firearm in a violent crime. We don't need more gun control; we need crime control, and AB 328 is a first step to hold these criminals accountable," added Essayli.
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