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March 6, 2018 > Board approves gun summit

Board approves gun summit

Submitted By Janice Rombeck

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 26, to bring many departments of the County and diverse members of the community together for a summit on preventing gun violence. Proposed by Supervisor Dave Cortese, the public forum will be modeled after the Older Adult Summit that his office presented in 2011 to bring stakeholders and community members together to address the needs of an aging population. The summit led to programs and policies that are still going on today.

ÒBringing the community together is the only way to open up the dialogue and move forward from our polarized views on this issue,Ó Cortese said. ÒThis summit should be broad-based both in its design and participation.Ó

The action the Board took on Tuesday directed:
¥ County Counsel to reaffirm the County's efforts to prevent gun-related deaths and mass shootings and to formally endorse the efforts of "March for Our Lives" and similar movements currently underway to protect children.
¥ County departments to work with the Board to convene a summit on gun violence in the next 60 days.
¥ County Counsel to determine how the County could use its authority to require that certain mental health information be flagged as part of background checks for firearms purchases and transfers in the County.
¥ The County ExecutiveÕs Office and Behavioral Health Department to expand the summitÕs planning and participation to include the SheriffÕs Office, Probation Department, Social Services Department and other County departments to take an Ôall hands on deckÕ approach to providing solutions to gun violence.
Cortese also invited to the summit the County Office of Education, mental health professionals and advocates, students, educators, parents and gun retailers to share ideas, concerns and views on trying to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are in danger of harming themselves or others.

The CountyÕs current legislative priorities relating to firearm safety include:
¥ Promote a culture of responsible and informed gun ownership. The safe use and storage of guns.
¥ Require a criminal and mental health background check, waiting period, and safety certificate to purchase a firearm.
¥ Provide law enforcement the resources necessary to make sure people prohibited from possessing firearms surrender their weapons to a law enforcement agency.
¥ A ban on weapons and ammunition that allow for rapid reloading and multiple rounds of ammunition, such as Ôbullet buttonsÕ and high-capacity magazines.

For more information, contact the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030.

Janice Rombeck
Communications Manager,
Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese
County Governmental Center
70 W. Hedding Street, 10th Fl. San Jose, CA 95110
T: 408-299-5030 F: 408-298-6637

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