The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider a proposal on Tuesday that would order its lawyers to draft a series of orders aimed at regulating gun sales in the county, including a ban on the sale of weapons handguns and .50 caliber ammunition in unincorporated companies. areas.
Another proposed order would require “buffer zones” between gun/ammunition dealers and “sensitive areas” such as schools, daycare centers and parks in unincorporated areas. Another would prohibit the possession of firearms on all properties in the county.
The proposals are the result of a confidential report that was presented to the council last month on possible gun regulations that could be imposed locally. The board voted unanimously in June to request the report, with supervisor Janice Hahn saying there was “an epidemic of gun violence in our country.”
The board has asked its lawyers to explore a range of possible regulations, and the proposals submitted to the board on Tuesday are the result of that report, according to the motion presented by Hahn and supervisor Hilda Solis.
“Gun violence continues to plague our communities and more Americans purchased guns in 2020 than any other year on record,” the motion said. “Too many of our residents have already been victims of gun violence, directly or indirectly, and too many more are afraid of becoming victims in the future. … The implementation of common sense gun regulations in local level is necessary to protect our residents and keep our public spaces safe for the community.
If approved, the motion calls on attorneys to draft the proposed orders and return to council for another vote within 90 days.
The motion would also ask county staff to draft a series of other regulations within 90 days, including requiring ammunition dealers to obtain a county business license; restrict minors’ access to arms and ammunition stores; requiring these stores to submit annual sales reports to the county licensing agency and to submit weekly inventory reports. The rules would also require gun and ammunition stores to keep a fingerprint log, install security cameras and inform all customers of the “responsibilities of gun owners and gun laws as well as options for nearby firearms safety courses”.