Nine California legislators have taken a brave and honorable stand in acknowledging and condemning antisemitic activity at San Fransisco State University. On Monday, these assembly members and senators sent a letter to SFSU President Leslie Wong congratulating him for speaking out against a campus event glorifying the murder of Jews.
Today AMCHA co-founders sent the following letter to these nine legislators, thanking them for their strong stand against campus antisemitism:
As nine California legislators on Tuesday congratulated San Francisco State University President Dr. Leslie Wong for standing up to anti-Semitism on campus last week, online activity of the student group in question showed even more blatant displays of Jew hate.
“It is imperative that we recognize individuals who have the courage to stand up to intolerance and bigotry,” Assembly member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), a member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Legislative Jewish Caucus, along with eight other legislators, said in an open letter to Wong. “We thank you for your work to preserve a culture of tolerance at San Francisco State University and applaud your efforts to discourage exhibitions of discrimination.”
SACRAMENTO -- A month after sheriff deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old Northern Californian who was carrying an airsoft gun, state lawmakers said Friday they plan to introduce legislation to require such guns to be painted bright colors to help law enforcement distinguish them from deadly firearms.
The death of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa, who was carrying a replica of an AK-47, might have been prevented if deputies could have determined the gun was not a real assault weapon, lawmakers said.
California lawmakers are pushing to ban the manufacturer or sale of imitation firearms in the state after a Northern California sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a BB gun last month.
State and local officials announced legislation Friday that would require fake guns such as BB, pellet or airsoft guns to be translucent or brightly colored so they cannot be mistaken for real guns, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.
"The loss of Andy Lopez is unfathomable, gut wrenching, and tragic. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and classmates, and to the entire community," said Assemblymember Marc Levine (D- San Rafael). "When a child is playing with a toy gun, there must be no doubt that the toy is not a real gun. Consequently, we need a law that fully protects our families from tragedies like this. I am proud to co-author this important legislation."
To watch the press conference, please watch this Assembly Assets Video
Santa Rosa City Teen Tragedy Highlights Need for Imitation Gun Regulations
SANTA ROSA, CA – California state legislators today announced plans to introduce legislation regulation imitation or "copycat" guns in an effort to stem a reoccurring tragedy involving the toys being mistaken for real firearms. The Imitation Firearm Safety Act would amend California law to define what an imitation firearm is and what those imitations must look like to differentiate real guns from fake guns. Currently, toy guns such as paintball, airsoft and bb guns are not included in the California legal definition of imitation weapons. The goal of the legislation is to prevent tragedies that occur when toy guns too closely resemble real firearms.
"Currently these copycat toys are manufactured to be virtually indistinguishable from real firearms," said Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) a joint author of the legislation. "Because the use of lethal force against a person carrying an imitation firearm is a significant threat to public safety, toys must look like toys and not lethal weapons."
Imitation firearms like the one a 13-year-old boy was carrying when he was shot and killed last month by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy could no longer be made or sold in California under legislation announced Friday in Santa Rosa.
The bill would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be brightly colored or translucent so that they are not mistaken for the real thing.
NORTH COAST, Calif. – California state legislators on Friday announced plans to introduce legislation regulation imitation or “copycat” guns in an effort to stem a reoccurring tragedy involving the toys being mistaken for real firearms.
The Imitation Firearm Safety Act would amend California law to define what an imitation firearm is and what those imitations must look like to differentiate real guns from fake guns.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- It has been one month since a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old boy. Andy Lopez was carrying a realistic-looking Airsoft rifle when he was shot. On Friday, lawmakers proposed legislation that would stop toymakers from producing look-alike or imitation guns in an effort to protect children like Andy.
It has been 30 days and the Andy Lopez memorial in Santa Rosa is still there -- through rain and winds -- and it's now larger and more permanent than ever. Some see symbolism in that. "I think we're all still heartbroken. A month afterwards, we still feel the pain," Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo told ABC7 News.
Toy guns made to look like the real thing would be banned in California under legislation announced Friday in Sonoma County, where a sheriff's deputy last month shot and killed a 13-year-old boy after mistaking his replica AK-47 pellet gun for an assault rifle.
The bill, to be introduced by five lawmakers, would require pellet and other toy guns to be brightly colored or translucent so they are easily recognized. Federal law requires the replica guns only to have an orange mark on the tip of the barrel.