February 23, 2024
Glock semi-automatic pistols are displayed on the market at Firearms Unknown, a gun retailer in Oceanside. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Picture

After a earlier failed try, the county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of a gun violence report and work plan with 17 suggestions, together with an advisory group.

Requested by the board in April 2022 and ready by Well being Evaluation and Analysis for Communities, the examine supplied statistics, public enter, key findings and strategies to reduce the issue, together with safe-gun storage.

Supervisors on Tuesday additionally authorized hiring an individual to coordinate gun-violence discount actions and an annual report on gun violence within the county. In early 2025, county employees will replace the board on the work plan.

Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas, Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer and Supervisor Monica Montgomery Steppe voted in favor of the general proposal, within the type of two agenda objects.

Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond voted sure on a primary grouping of suggestions, together with formally receiving the report, however no on a second set.

In accordance with Lawson-Remer’s workplace, coverage suggestions are:

  • monitoring state and federal actions to enhance safe-gun possession and supporting violence discount efforts in impacted communities
  • establishing and coordinating an advisory group to hold out the work plan and suggest gun-violence discount actions
  • networking and academic occasions, and roundtables for neighborhood stakeholders and authorities companies
  • creating and internet hosting a digital platform for companies and organizations
  • an ongoing construction for gun violence discount work, together with a efficiency measurement and analysis framework
  • sharing gun violence information with stakeholders and most people
  • organizing city halls and listening periods

In an announcement, Lawson-Remer mentioned county residents help commonsense gun security reforms.

“Educating gun homeowners about secure gun storage, and oldsters about find out how to have troublesome conversations with different dad and mom about what gun storage seems like of their houses, will save lives,” she added.

In an emailed response, Desmond mentioned he voted in favor of a number of work plan suggestions, however not all of them.

He described the suggestions as disproportionate, with 14% of them associated to points regarding suicide.

In accordance with the examine, the suicide fee represents 70% of gun-related deaths within the county.

Desmond mentioned that slightly “than spending tax-payer {dollars} on hiring somebody to go speak to teams,” it could be higher to make use of that cash for direct neighborhood wants.

“If we don’t get to the foundation reason for the difficulty, psychological well being and violence, nothing will change,” Desmond said. “The very last thing we want is extra paperwork, particularly centered on the flawed factor like taking weapons away from law-abiding residents.”

Apart from specifying which coverage suggestions he didn’t help, Anderson had no formal remark.

Final July, supervisors did not advance the HARC report and suggestions, deadlocking on a 2-2 vote.

On the time, the board lacked a fifth supervisor after Nathan Fletcher resigned in Could within the wake of sexual assault allegations.