Senator who authored bill says California can do the rest of the country a favor.
Gun owners are not buying it.
The NRA would like to see research on why mass shootings occur in gun-free zones?
Amy Hunter, an NRA spokeswoman, said, “We don’t think taxpayers should be paying for research that advocates for a political agenda. I have no doubt that if this center is created this research will end up backing up their political agenda. The people proposing this are very much anti-gun politicians.”
From KCRA: —A bill to create a gun violence research center in California passed a key Senate hearing Wednesday. The Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 to approve legislation that would create a Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California system.
“In the gun debate, frankly there seems to be a real lack of evidence and information about what really works,” said State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who authored Senate Bill 1006. “I think it’s time for California to do the rest of the country a favor and, using our wonderful UC system, to create a firearm research center.”
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The research center would cost $5 million in state funding over the course of five years. If approved, it would be the first time in more than 20 years firearm violence research is conducted at a government level. There are gun owners who are wary that the research and statistics are only valuable with context.[/pullquote]
“As a gun owner and gun person, a lot of us are very skeptical,” said Jay Brown, owner of Shootin’ Shack Guns in Elk Grove. “We’ve already got so many gun laws out there, right now, that could prevent crimes,” Brown said.
Even though the bill does not directly affect gun laws, Brown is wary that the initial intention of research will be manipulated and ultimately take rights away from law-abiding gun owners.
If approved, the UC Office of the President and Board of Regents will choose a campus as a base for the research center. If UC Davis is selected, Wolk believes the center would be at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
The bill will next be heard by the Senate’s Public Safety Committee. Wolk believes it could head to the floor by May. If it’s included in the budget, work can begin on the UC Firearm Research Center as early as July.
(Read more at KCRA)
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