O'Farrell Aims to Tighten Gun Laws in Los Angeles, Directs Policy to Track Out of State Gun Purchases

Los Angeles City Hall

LOS ANGELES CITY HALL - Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell recently introduced a motion seeking a report from the Los Angeles Police Department on tracking firearms recovered by its officers, as well as the origin of these weapons, on an ongoing basis to strengthen state and local gun safety policy.

LAPD recovers thousands of weapons a year, often sharing data with federal and state agencies; this initiative seeks to strengthen and enhance current practices while encouraging a regional approach that takes into account weapon origin and tools of complianceThe motion introduced last Tuesday calls on the Department to work with the City Council in identifying improvements to State and Federal law.

“Inaction from Donald Trump and his enablers in Congress who are beholden to the NRA have made it easier for almost anyone to get their hands on a deadly firearm to use in acts of home grown terrorism,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “Some states have no form of gun safety legislation whatsoever and sometimes these firearms are transported across state lines and used in crimes in California. We must continue doing everything in our power advocating for gun safety legislation here in Los Angeles. The motion I introduced last week will help ensure that we know where and how these tools of mass destruction are finding their way to our streets, schools and places of  worship.”

The motion directs the Police Department to identify and track confiscated firearms in the City, including but not limited to: the number of firearms seized; registration status; and whether weapons recovered are legal under California law.

The motion also seeks an annual report on the types of firearms seized in the City, including the quantity and their place of origin. Los Angeles is a national leader on gun policy, with other jurisdictions at all levels of government looking to the city for policy and expertise on public safety issues.

"I am pleased to see our local lawmakers take action to enact sensible gun safety policy in our cities," said Mia Livas Porter, a gun violence prevention activist and survivor. "Gun violence has hit too close to home lately, and we need every tool possible to keep these weapons out of the wrong hands." 

The motion will be heard in the Public Safety Committee in the coming weeks. 

Councilmember O’Farrell has been a champion of gun safety legislation since being sworn into office. O’Farrell led the City Council on: an ordinance directing prospective City contractors to disclose ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and any of its subsidiaries; and a resolution that calls on numerous video streaming services to end their commercial affiliation and contractual partnership with the NRA and NRATV, which was recently taken off the air.