(Los Angeles, CA) – Following Governor Newsom’s signing of AB 2870 (reduces gun violence by expanding California’s red flag laws), Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), the bill’s author, released the following statement:
“We must keep our communities safe from gun violence and continue to trail blaze commonsense measures to keep guns off our streets,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago.
“That’s why I am pleased Governor Newsom signed AB 2870 which expands red flag laws. Our current red flag laws prevented at least 58 mass shootings, yet we’ve experienced one mass shooting every 8.3 days between 2013 and 2021. To prevent more mass shootings, it is imperative to keep guns out of the hands of folks who are a risk to themselves or others. Expanding common sense gun safety measures with AB 2870 will help reduce the gun violence epidemic. Enough is enough!”
To get guns out of our communities and keep people safe, AB 2870 will expand California’s red flag laws to include more family members such as aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as dating partners and individuals with a child in common with the subject of the petition. The bill will also clarify that roommates can access Gun Violence Restraining Orders.
Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization and the Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness. He also sits on the Assembly Committee on Health, Public Safety, Higher Education and Utilities and Energy. He represents the 53rd District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Vernon.