SB 536 (Pan) would make the content of gun violence restraining orders available to the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center. The publication of identifying information would be prohibited.
AAP Positional Letter
May 22, 2017
The Honorable Richard Pan
State Capitol, Room 4070
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4906
RE: SB 536 (Pan): Firearm Violence Research Center: gun violence restraining orders.
AAP-CA Position: SUPPORT
Dear Senator Pan:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, strongly supports your proposed legislation SB 536 (Pan). This bill would give researchers at the Firearm Violence Research Center, and, at the discretion of the Department of Justice, any other nonprofit educational institution or public agency immediately concerned with the study and prevention of violence, access to specified information relating to gun violence restraining orders.
Gun violence is among the greatest public health crises facing California children and youth. As of 2012, adolescents between 15 and 24 years of age were the most likely group to suffer a firearm-related death in the state of California. As such, it is imperative that we do all within our power to reduce and prevent firearm violence. This includes the effective study of gun violence, so that best practices to reduce it may be found. While the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center has begun this research, they do not currently have access to critical information related to gun violence restraining orders, hampering their ability to study the effectiveness of the restraining orders in reducing violence.
SB 536 (Pan) would make sure that researchers have access to this critical data while also protecting the confidentiality of victims, thus helping prevent gun violence by enabling researchers to more effectively study the topic. This stands to improve the safety of children and youth across California threatened by gun violence.
Pediatricians strongly support SB 536 (Pan). We thank you for your public service and for your leadership on behalf of children, youth, and families in California.
Nancy Graff, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
State Government Affairs Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, California
CC: Kris Calvin, CEO; AAP-CA Leadership; Lydia Bourne