Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers to consider ban on guns for those convicted of serious alcohol-related crimes

December 12, 2018

Californians convicted of serious alcohol-related crimes would lose their firearms for 10 years under legislation proposed Wednesday by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

Jackson’s bill is the latest of a string of gun-control measures proposed after last month’s mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar in which 12 people were killed.

Jackson said her bill is based on the findings of a 2017 UC Davis study that found prior convictions for crimes involving alcohol were associated with up to a fivefold increase in the likelihood of arrest for serious offenses including those involving guns.

“The research demonstrates that people with certain alcohol-related convictions are at increased risk of committing a violent or firearm-related crime,” Jackson said.

State law already bars people convicted of certain violent crimes from possessing firearms for 10 years or more.

Jackson’s Senate Bill 55 would expand the list of crimes resulting in firearm bans to include serious alcohol-related offenses, including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. People would also be prohibited from possessing guns if they have multiple convictions for driving under the influence.