Public Safety Committee
approves gun control legislation
Bay City News
July 10, 2007
A number of Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposed gun control measures
passed through the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' public
safety committee yesterday.
The proposal would prohibit the possession and sale of firearms
on county property, require that handguns in homes are stored
in locked containers, and increase regulatory requirements on
gun dealers, the mayor's office said.
The bill will next go to the full Board for a final vote.
"The members of the public safety committee moved us a step
forward today in our efforts to limit guns on our streets,"
Newsom said. "I'm hopeful that the full Board will echo (the
committee's) sentiments - and the sentiments of the community
- and approve this much needed package of firearms legislation."
According to statistics provided by the mayor's office, the number
of patients admitted to San Francisco General Trauma Center for
gunshot injuries rose from 81 in 2001 to 228 in 2006.
The San Francisco Police Department seized 1,158 guns in 2005
and 1,104 in 2006, the mayor's office said.
"It's all about keeping guns out of the wrong hands: away
from children, out of schools and parks, off the black market,
and out of the hands of criminals," Newsom said.
The bill was proposed by Newsom and District Attorney Kamala
Harris, and co-sponsored by Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Sophie
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