Los Angeles County Council Calls for Better Control of Gun Sellers – Pasadena Now

Los Angeles County Council Calls for Better Control of Gun Sellers – Pasadena Now

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday called for the development of a process requiring dealers wishing to sell firearms to the county to certify under penalty of perjury that they are in compliance with all federal, state and local firearms regulations and have not been cited for repeat or serious violations.

The county’s Department of Internal Services and other relevant agencies were directed to report back to the council in 90 days with a proposal for implementing this requirement.

“Research shows a correlation between a federal licensee’s violation of firearm laws and the likelihood that a gun purchased from that dealer will be recovered in a crime,” according to the motion by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis. “Of the gun dealers who supplied nearly 60 percent of the guns used in crimes nationwide, 75 percent had violated federal law.”

The motion states that the county should have high standards for future firearms entrepreneurs.

“The council can and should develop and implement a countywide process that ensures that county departments only purchase firearms from licensed firearms dealers who comply with all applicable laws and regulations and who have not been cited for ongoing or serious violations,” the motion said.

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