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Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon hailed California Governor Gavin Newsom’s efforts for increased gun control as he faces criticism over the release of felons who have committed crimes violent.
“Thank you, @cagovernor Newsom, for signing several important bills to protect Californians from #gunviolence, including four bills supported by my office,” Gascon’s office tweeted Friday in response to Newsom’s signature. of four bills that, according to Gascon, “will help limit the availability of firearms”. and confront the growing threat of unlicensed ghost weapons.'”
The signed legislation, Assembly Bills 1842, 2156, 2239 and Senate Bill 915, address various gun control measures, including limiting the number of guns a person can manufacture without a license, the ban on the sale of firearms or parts of firearms on state property, prohibiting those convicted of child or elder abuse from purchasing a firearm from fire for ten years, and to prohibit arms dealers from charging certain fees if a buyer withdraws before the end of the waiting period.
“Ease of access to firearms, precursor parts and ammunition has worsened the gun violence crisis in this country,” Gascon’s office tweeted. “These sensible measures will help stop this deadly #epidemic.”
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newsom too signed an invoice this week allowing private citizens to prosecute anyone who illegally manufactures, sells, transports or distributes “assault weapons and ghost weapons”.
The majority of responses to Gascon’s office tweet were negative, with many social media users accusing him of failing to prosecute the crime in Los Angeles.
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“Why don’t you try to help victims of crime by [sic] prosecute cases where they were victimized?” A Twitter user replied. “Your transparent policies in favor of defendants fool no one! Do your b–n job for a change!”
“What a surprise, two officials who disrespect the rights of others or the constitution are trying to criminalize law-abiding citizens while signaling virtue and spreading fear,” another user said.
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Gascon’s tweet comes as he faces heavy criticism free a california murderer 6 years after a 50-year sentence who was re-arrested this week for firearms and drunk driving after a car chase.
The controversial release of the convicted murderer is one of many examples of violent criminals freed in Los Angeles County, prompting enough outrage to form an effort to recall Gason, who organizers say has enough signatures. to be on the ballot in November.
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Alisa Blair, a key Gascon assistant adviser, announced this week that she is leaving her office, making her the second best assistant to leave in the past two months.
Violent crime in Los Angeles has increased by 8.6% compared to the same period last year to accompany a 7.3% increase in homicides compared to last year.
In an interview last month, Gascon defended his crime record, saying he knows “how to keep communities safe”.
“We are coming out of the pandemic which has had a huge impact on not just LA County but the entire country,” Gascon said. “The reality is that crime is on the rise across the country, in fact some of our neighboring counties per capita have higher levels of violence than we do.”
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