On Wednesday, California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced two new gun-related bills that would change how law enforcement approaches mental illness and gun ownership. The first of the bills, SB 505, will require police officers to search through California’s database of gun purchases and the Automated Firearms System when investigating people who may be a danger to themselves or others. The second, SB 580, will provide millions of dollars in additional funding for law enforcement to enforce existing gun laws.
“Both of these bills are about making better use of the tools and the laws at hand to help prevent gun violence,” Jackson said in a press release.
The bills come just weeks after a murderous rampage in the college town of Isla Vista on May 23 that left seven people dead and 13 injured. Twenty-two-year-old Elliot Rodger killed three men at his apartment with a knife before going on a shooting spree that took the lives of three others. Rodger traded gunfire with law enforcement and was later found dead, likely from a self-inflicted shot to the head. A family attorney revealed in the aftermath that Rodger had been receiving psychiatric treatment.