Kevin de León
|Kevin de León|
|de Léon in 2012|
|Member of the California Senate
from the 22nd district
December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Gil Cedillo|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 45th district
December 4, 2006 – December 6, 2010
|Preceded by||Jackie Goldberg|
|Succeeded by||Gil Cedillo|
|Born||San Diego, California|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||Pitzer College
University of California, Santa Barbara
|Occupation||Senior Associate, National Education Association|
Kevin de León is a Democratic member of the California State Senate, elected to serve Los Angeles County's 22nd Senatorial district in November 2010. The district includes Downtown Los Angeles, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Mt. Washington, Lincoln Heights, South Los Angeles, the Cities of Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Marino, Vernon and Maywood, and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County.
De León served four years as a State Assembly member for the 45th district that included Hollywood, Thai Town, Little Armenia, Historic Filipiniotown, Echo Park, Chinatown, El Sereno, Silverlake, Atwater Village, Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, Highland Park, Glassell Park and East Los Angeles.
De León taught English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship. During his five years at the California Teachers Association, De León worked to procure more funding for "high-priority schools" in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He also worked as a Senior Associate for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.
De León is an advocate of gun control. He proposed an annual permit tax of up to $50 to pay for background checks for criminal records and mental illness.
De León often partners with law enforcement to develop legislation focused on cutting down violent crime. De León worked to get handgun ammunition that fuels much of this violence out of the hands of criminals and gang-bangers.
In February 2008, as an assemblyman, De Léon introduced AB 2062 regulating sales of handgun ammunition. It would have required ammunition sellers and their employees to undergo background checks; prohibited the sale of ammunition to known felons; limited sales of ammunition to no more than 50 rounds per person per month; banned internet sales; and required that gun dealers store ammunition behind the counter or otherwise out of reach of customers. The bill passed the Assembly but died in the Senate.
In December 2012, De León introduced Bill SB 53 in the California Legislature, in which he proposed stricter gun control by requiring ammunition buyer permit requirement and face-to-face ammo sales only at licensed dealers. The bill was coauthored by Senators Leland Yee and Darrell Steinberg, and Assembly Member Nancy Skinner. The bill required four main objectives.
- Annual background check and permit for the purchase of ammunition.
- All ammunition sales to occur face-to-face.
- Assistance from retail staff in a store to handle all ammunition for purchase.
- Ammunition vendors to submit sales records to the CA Department of Justice.
Following the Sandy Hook shooting, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said tougher gun laws won’t stem violence in our society. De Leon responded and told KCRW that LaPierre and the NRA are moving further away from the American mainstream on firearms issues.
08/15/2013 - SB 53 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and put on the suspense file. This indicates that the bill is suspended from further committee action
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- "State Assembly Narrowly Approves Legislation to Require Handgun Ammunition Dealers to be Licensed". YubaNet.com. May 30, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- California State Legislature
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