Deputy DA’s Nail It: Blasts Bill to Give Thugs a Pass on Gun Crimes

We’re just not sure Gun Owners could have said it any better:

“As Sacramento cracks down on legal gun ownership, it simultaneously is lessening the penalties on gun violence. In an astounding reversal, the legislature now wants to eliminate language that prohibits judges from eliminating the penalties when someone uses a gun during mayhem, rape, murder, robbery, carjacking and other extremely violent felonies.”

This comes straight from the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, who have some tough words in opposition for Senator Steven Bradford’s proposal that abolishes – and yes, we said ABOLISHES the law that says anyone who uses a gun while committing forcible rape, child molestation, or murder must have their prison sentence increased by at least 10 years.

You read that right.  The same leftist anti-gunners who are eager to rid the world of anything gun-related now think it’s a good idea to reduce the penalty for committing some of the most heinous gun-related crimes imaginable.  In what mindless universe does this make sense?  The legislature is working overtime to criminalize the law-abiding, but with Senate Bill 620 , they want to cut slack to thugs who use guns against the innocent.

“We in the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) strongly condemn the flagrant disregard for public safety that SB 620 represents. It is irresponsible for the state legislature to lessen the penalties on those who are committing the most heinous types of crimes. While Sacramento is looking for ways to make gun ownership more difficult, they are on the verge of passing a law that dramatically lessens the punishment for gun wielding criminals,”  ~ Eric Siddall, Vice President of the ADDA.

Senator Bradford professes that SB 620 is needed “in the interest of justice” but Gun Owners of California thinks Bradford has it all wrong.  The criminal doesn’t deserve justice – THE VICTIM AND THEIR FAMILIES DO.  Bradford goes on to say that “lives and families are destroyed when criminals commit crimes” …thank you Captain Obvious!  The problem is, his solution is quite simply bassackwards.

Gun Owners has worked long and hard toward common sense solutions to the issue of crime, and we know full well that the most significant factor in reducing criminal acts is when swift justice is coupled with stiff and appropriate sentencing.   We are fervent in our support for the law abiding to possess firearms, and are equally as dedicated to making certain those who use a gun in the commission of a crime are held accountable.  Our support of the “use a gun – go to prison” policy has never wavered, and thus, any move to grant the courts discretion is certainly not in the interest of “justice” as Bradford alleges, but rather an extremely dangerous proposition.

The bill passed the Senate with all Republicans voting NO and with Democrats in support, with the lone exception of freshman Senator Josh Newman from Brea.  We will be watching Newman in the days to come because he may have been given a pass by Senate leadership to oppose this bad bill, since he was elected by a very slim margin and the Democrats don’t want to risk losing a marginal seat and their super-majority status.

This is one bill that screams SOFT ON CRIMINALS and could spell trouble for those who support it.  Let your views be known and contact your Assemblymember.  To locate who represents you, click here.




  1. William Kumpf on June 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm


  2. Midnightmom on June 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    But, I thought felons couldn’t vote! :/ (Just to be clear…..yes, this is sarcasm.)

  3. Curtis Legerton on June 9, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Senator Bradford, and SB 620 is wrong, I would go further submit that Senator Bradford should have his temperature checked, or start thinking about getting people to make good decisions, not patch,or gloss over bad decisions, especially when they effect others. If he can’t then resign, we don’t need him.

  4. Kent Nordland on June 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Damned Democrats.

  5. Ricky on June 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    The representatives of this state make no sense at all. They pretty much want to ban all firearms but then be soft on criminals that use firearms. I can’t fathom the rationale of these idiots. I know for 1 thing anyone that commits a crime with a gun better hope I’m not around. As a ccw permitt holder, I’ll just shoot them dead since the liberals wanna coddle and be nice to criminals.

  6. James Madison's Son on August 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    It’s almost as if our “representatives” are representing the interests of another group who want mayhem and disorder and will oppose the order that naturally follows from passing laws consistent with the constitution. Thanks Act of 1871 and those who are working for it today.

  7. mike on September 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    obviously this is going to increase gun crime. there is no way anyone could think otherwise. unfortunately, i think it is pretty clear what is happening here…

    a) dems will be able to prove that gun crime is on the rise (conveniently ignoring the fact that they caused the increases by passing insane bills like SB 620)
    b) they will use the crime increase statistics as an “i told you so” moment to aid in their election/reelection
    c) they will then use the same statistics and their supermajority to further their agenda of stripping gun rights from lawful citizens.

  8. Miles on September 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Are you nuts! I am a liberal Democrat from a Red State Montana, and I am tired of giving away elections by making stupid decisions. Your support of SB 620 defies logic. If you cannot see this, then listen to the groups and people in opposition. Trying to consider families of violent and dangerous people above the safety of the public is crazy. I work in the mental health feild, and I run into this type of thinking every day. Please reconsider this disastrous position. Sincerely, Miles

    • L.A. Paredes on September 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      We are not nuts; Gun Owners of California has consistently OPPOSED SB 620 every step through the legislative process.