California’s Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) on Wednesday, making California the first state to establish such a group.
“This moment of crisis demands more than thoughts and prayers — we need action now,” Bonta said in a press release. “That is why as California Attorney General, I am doubling down on California’s gun safety efforts: I am defending our commonsense gun safety laws in court and cracking down on the surge of untraceable ghost guns. I am proud to lead a team of special agents that remove firearms from the hands of dangerous individuals.”
“And today, I am establishing the Office of Gun Violence Prevention to advance a strong, statewide, public health-focused effort as we continue working together to put an end to this crisis once and for all,” he added.
In a vague description of the new office, the press release said the group will be “dedicated to developing strategies and working with stakeholders statewide to address the gun violence epidemic.”