(S.F. Examiner file photo)

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

Proposed bill would demand higher accountability of firearms by law enforcement agencies

State Senator Jerry Hill took the oath of office for his second four-year Senate term Monday, and simultaneously introduced a number of bills related to health and safety.

The six bills range in topic from seatbelts on buses to tracking antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Of these, one would require that law enforcement agencies be held to a higher standard regarding the tracking of their firearms. Senate Bill 42 asks that agencies account for all of their guns, and update a database when firearms are stolen, lost or replaced. Any changes to gun inventory would have to be reported to the Department of Justice’s Automated Firearms System.

In addition, a formal process would be developed that officers would be mandated to use if a gun was misplaced or stolen. If officers fail to adhere to this protocol, disciplinary action would be taken.

“These bills are aimed at improving public health and safety – and the accountability of agencies and systems that are intended to protect Californians,” said Hill.

The San Jose Mercury News conducted a survey of at least 240 California law enforcement agencies, and found that between 2010 and the middle of 2016, 944 guns were unaccounted for. The San Jose Police Department alone had lost track of 324 guns during the six year time period.

 Californiafirearmsgunslaw enforcement agenciesSenator Jerry Hill

Just Posted

Cabernet sauvignon grapes sat in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
San Francisco’s ‘Champagne problems’ — Wine industry suffers supply chain woes

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

<strong>Workers with Urban Alchemy and the Downtown Streets Team clean at Seventh and Market streets on Oct. 12. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins> </strong>
<ins></ins>
Why is it so hard to keep San Francisco’s streets clean?

Some blame bureaucracy, others say it’s the residents’ fault

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi — seen in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — touted Congressional Democrats’ infrastructure bill in San Francisco on Thursday. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)
Pelosi touts infrastructure bill as it nears finish line

Climate change, social safety net among major priorities of Democrats’ 10-year funding measure

Most Read