Supervisor Mark Farrell to Introduce Package of Gun Control ReformsSupervisor Mark Farrell to Introduce Package of Gun Control Reforms

SAN FRANCISCO - At today’s meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell will publicly request that the City Attorney’s office immediately begin drafting legislation that would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco, and require the regular storage and electronic transmission of ammunition sales data to the San Francisco Police Department.

Supervisor Mark Farrell to Introduce Package of Gun Control Reforms

The package would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales in San Francisco and require the regular transmission of ammunition sales data to the SFPD

SAN FRANCISCO - At today’s meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Mark Farrell will publicly request that the City Attorney’s office immediately begin drafting legislation that would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco, and require the regular storage and electronic transmission of ammunition sales data to the San Francisco Police Department.

“Easy access to guns and ammunition continue to contribute to senseless violent crime here in San Francisco and across the country,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Even though San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books in the country - there is more we can do to protect the public - and we should do everything in our power to give local law enforcement the additional tools they need to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

The gun control package announced by Supervisor Farrell today is intended to fill gaps that exist in federal, state, and local regulatory oversight of firearms dealers and ammunition sellers. The goals of Supervisor Farrell’s gun control package are to: ensure that dealers’ operations within San Francisco will not be detrimental to public health and safety; prevent and detect illegal trafficking of firearms and ammunition by dealers and their employees; prevent the loss and theft of firearms and ammunition from dealers; and prevent and detect the sale of firearms and ammunition by dealers to persons who are prohibited by law from possessing these items.

The first portion of Supervisor Farrell’s gun control package would simply require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco. The videotaping would also apply to other critical areas of the business premises, including, but not limited to, all places where firearms or ammunition are stored, handled, sold, transferred, or carried, including, but not limited to, all counters, safes, vaults, cabinets, cases, entryways, and parking lots.

“Other jurisdictions throughout the State with similar laws in place have made it more difficult for those to get access to guns and ammunition who are prohibited by law, and have made it easier for local enforcement complete investigations and enhance public safety,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell.

The second portion of Supervisor Farrell’s gun control package would require any permittee who has the proper documentation to sell or transfer ammunition to keep records of their ammunition sales and transfer data for up to five-years, and electronically transmit the ammunition sales data at least weekly to the SFPD. The SFPD would develop the forms and information that would need to be regularly transmitted to the department, and at a minimum will include:

(1) The date of the transaction;
(2) The name, address and date of birth of the transferee; 
(3) The number of the transferee’s current driver’s license or other government issued identification card containing a photograph of the transferee, and the name of the governmental authority that issued it;
(4) The brand, type, caliber or gauge, and amount of ammunition transferred;
(5) The transferee’s signature; and
(6) The name of the permittee’s agent or employee who processed the transaction.

More than a dozen local jurisdictions in California have adopted ordinances requiring ammunition sellers to maintain records of ammunition sales - San Francisco currently does not have such a law in place. Jurisdictions that have adopted such ordinances have had great success utilizing such records to identify people who illegally possess firearms, as well as ammunition.

Supervisor Farrell’s package of gun control legislation is expected to be introduced formally at the Board of Supervisors when the Board returns from its recess in the beginning of September.

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