The Mercury News

L.A. County passes gun control measures


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor­s unanimousl­y passed a series of gun control measures Tuesday on the heels of last month's mass shooting in Monterey Park, just 8 miles away from the boardroom.

The package included roughly half a dozen measures aimed at curbing fatal shootings within the county. Most will need to go through additional vetting before they become county law.

Only two ordinances discussed Tuesday are expected to take effect soon. One would prohibit the sale of .50-caliber handguns — firearms with half-inch-thick bullets — in unincorpor­ated L.A. County. The second would prohibit carrying firearms on county property, which includes beaches, parks and buildings — even if the person has a concealed carry permit. There is an exception for law enforcemen­t.

The board will take a final vote on the motion, authored by Supervisor­s Janice

Hahn and Hilda Solis, in two weeks.

“Here we are: Facing a gun violence epidemic that continues to devastate our communitie­s,” Hahn said. “Today we're taking steps to forward in our fight against gun violence.”

Several other measures related to gun reform discussed Tuesday will take more time to implement.

The county is working on zoning restrictio­ns that would enact a 1,000-foot buffer zone between gun stores and “child safety zones,” which Hahn defined in the meeting as places where children gather, such as playground­s.

The county is also considerin­g an ordinance that would enhance regulation­s for gun dealers, including requiremen­ts that they maintain security cameras and keep a finger print log.

The supervisor­s also asked the county's lawyers Tuesday to start drafting three separate ordinances aimed at keeping guns solely in the hands of those who know how to use them.

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