Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill to Prohibit DUI Offenders from Owning Firearms

Gun rights have become a national issue and states throughout the nation have been pushing for and passing tighter gun regulations. California has also joined the fight, with Governor Jerry Brown signing a total of 11 gun control bills earlier this month. Although he approved certain restrictions and requirements, Governor Brown also vetoed seven measures.

Senate Bill 755 – one of the bills vetoed by Governor Brown in early October – was a prominent piece of legislation aimed at reducing the rights of individuals convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) and public intoxication. Under SB 755, individuals convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or public intoxication twice in a three-year period would have been barred from owning a firearm for 10 years. Authors of the bill claimed that persons with drug or alcohol problems would use firearms irresponsibly.

Harsh Penalties for DUI Offenders

By vetoing the strict measure, Governor Brown sided with advocates who claim that there is no connection between a DUI offense and gun ownership. While SB 755 has been defeated, it serves to highlight just how seriously lawmakers and law enforcement officers are treating DUIs.

In recent years, California has led the way in cracking down on and penalizing motorists who drive under the influence. Now, more than ever before, individuals charged with DUI face severe consequences and numerous restrictions. These limitations can be profound and can last long after one has completed terms of imprisonment, probation, and paid all fines.

Such efforts should alert residents throughout California that tides are shifting toward aggressive enforcement of DUI laws. If you or your loved one currently stands accused of DUI in Los Angeles or any of the surrounding communities, being aware of the penalties and repercussions you face can help you better understand the need for experienced and proven representation.

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