Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Would Prohibit Gun Buy-Back Programs from Giving Vouchers to Gun Retailers

Monday, January 22, 2018

SACRAMENTO  – (Monday, January 22, 2018) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today introduced a bill that would prohibit public agencies, during gun buy-back events, from handing out taxpayer-funded vouchers to any store that sells firearms.

Giving taxpayer money to gun retailers is both outrageous and counterproductive at a time when gun violence is a national epidemic, she said.

“It is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars to give a gift card to a retailer who profits off selling guns,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “The last thing we should be doing is giving a person who turns in a gun a voucher to a place that sells guns.”

Gun buy-back programs are usually sponsored by local police departments, often in partnership with local community organizations. During these events, a person who turns in a firearm typically gets a voucher or gift card in exchange.

Many gun buy-back programs issue gift cards to large retailers, some of which – such as Walmart -- are known to sell firearms or firearm accessories. AB 1903 would prevent a person who gets a voucher in exchange for a firearm from then using that voucher to buy a new gun. More broadly, the bill would also prevent these gun buy-back events from increasing business for the very retailers who are contributing to the madness of gun proliferation in America.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/