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Headlines from California
  • Oakland 14-year-old boy shot and killed by 16-year-old friend (8/28/2006)
  • San Fransisco 15-year-old boy shoots self in chest (8/22/2006)
  • Anaheim California boy, 4, shoots father with own gun (7/11/2006)
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    California Gun Laws
  • Quick summary from MSNBC, based on data from the NRA, HCI, and the ATF. Disclaimer.
  • More detailed information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
  • State Firearm Deaths

    In 2003, there were 435 firearm deaths of children and teens in California, including 55 suicides and 15 accidents.
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    California Resources

  • National SAFE KIDS Campaign
    Find the SAFE KIDS Coalitions in your state.
  • Statewide Resources
    California Attorney General's Crime and Violence Prevention Center
       CVPC@safestate.org, 916-324-7863
    California PTSA
       213-620-1100
    Center for Injury Prevention Policy & Practice (SDSU)
       Contact: David Lawrence, david.lawrence@sdsu.edu
  • Other Local Resources
    Greater Los Angeles - National Safety Council Local Chapter
       lasafety@pacbell.net, 213-385-6461, 800-421-9585
    Los Angeles - Violence Prevention Coalition
       bweiss@dhs.co.la.ca.us, 213-351-5141
    Oakland - Safe Passages
       info@safepassages.org, 510-238-6368
    Oakland - Youth Alive
       mail@youthalive.org, 510-594-2588
    Palo Alto - Lucille Packard Children's Hospital-Community Outreach
       Contact: Bonnie Gradstein, 650-736-2981
    San Diego - Children's Hospital of San Diego
       858-966-7748
    San Francisco - National Safety Council Local Chapter
       800-544-1030, 650-508-8787
    San Gabriel - Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC)
       Contact: Elsie Purnell, empurn@aol.com, 818-680-3575
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    Gun Lock Programs
    To find a gun lock program near you:

  • Contact the State Resources (above) about gun lock programs in California.
  • See if California or your city is participating in Project ChildSafe and where you can get your free Firearm Safety Kit.
  • View our listing of Gun Lock Programs In the News
  • Contact your local police department.


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