Within the wake of latest mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, Buffalo and elsewhere, San Diego County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to hunt out coverage suggestions that may allow the county to sue gun producers for deaths brought on by firearms.
Supervisors Nathan Fletcher, Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas have been in favor, whereas their colleagues Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond have been opposed. Fletcher and Lawson-Remer made the proposal.
Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer will develop suggestions — after consulting with the county sheriff and different related departments — to cooperate with different regulation enforcement companies to obtain weapon seizure stories.
Robbins-Meyer will later return to the board with choices on authorized motion in opposition to gun producers.
Desmond mentioned that whereas he’s in favor of stemming the tide of gun violence, it’s higher to deal with psychological well being points, which he referred to as the foundation reason for mass gun killings.
Anderson mentioned he wouldn’t assist the proposal, but in addition needed to be sure that proof collected by the county is beneficial.
Fletcher and Lawson-Remer introduced their plans Monday throughout a information convention outdoors the County Administration Constructing.
“We need to use this coverage to place stress on producers to be accountable company residents,” Fletcher mentioned. “They shouldn’t be allowed to rake in cash after which sit idly by as individuals utilizing their product carry out mass shootings.”
Lawson-Remer mentioned that gun manufacturing “is a multi-billion enterprise that income off lethal merchandise, and these companies can not get away with intentionally evading the regulation, advertising and marketing to youngsters and different reckless and unlawful actions.”
She added: “It’s time to take our battle for common sense gun security from the statehouse to the courthouse, and maintain firearm producers accountable in a court docket of regulation for his or her function in lethal shootings.”
In line with a information launch, the supervisors “should not have a particular lawsuit they’re wishing the county be part of presently.”
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.