News Room

Friday, March 2, 2018

Billy Kobin, Sacramento Bee

A California lawmaker wants to ban most lead fishing weights, arguing they are harmful to wildlife.

Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, introduced Assembly Bill 2787 on Feb. 16. The bill would outlaw the manufacture, sale and purchase of lead fishing weights that are under 50 grams.

"There's no question about the toxicity of lead," Quirk said. "Weights of these sizes can be and are ingested by wildlife. These weights are also the most likely to result in human exposure from, for example, an angler clamping a (lead) weight onto the line with his or her teeth."

Opponents from the fishing industry, however, say studies that illustrate the impact of lead weights on animals in California are lacking and that a ban would financially cripple anglers and fishing guides.

Six states along with Canada have some form of a ban on lead fishing weights.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

(Sacramento) – The recent mass shooting at a Florida high school prompted Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and many other Assembly Democrats to announce new legislative efforts to reduce gun violence and call on the federal government to do the same. “Despite what you hear from the advocates for no gun control, there is no way to pick out people ahead of time who are going to do this violence,” said Assemblymember Quirk.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Koby Leibowitz, KRON 4

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday proposed 10 new gun control bills to the state’s nation-leading gun restrictions in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida.

The proposals to be considered later this spring include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; and cracking down on homemade “ghost guns.”

Recent shootings including the Feb. 14 slayings of 17 people at a Florida high school show California can do more to restrict gun violence, Democratic Assembly members said.

“While I am proud to say that California is home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, you know there is still work to be done,” said Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday proposed 10 new gun control bills to the state's nation-leading gun restrictions in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Florida.

The proposals to be considered later this spring include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; and cracking down on homemade "ghost guns."

Recent shootings including the Feb. 14 slayings of 17 people at a Florida high school show California can do more to restrict gun violence, Democratic Assembly members said.

Monday, February 26, 2018
Assemblymember Bill Quirk Discusses Legislation Aimed At Reducing Gun Violence(SACRAMENTO) – In the wake of the February 14, 2018 shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and claimed 17 young lives, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-20) joined his colleagues to discuss the status of gun violence and demand federal action.
 
“Just when we think we have seen the worst, our community is stunned by another horrific act of gun violence. In the midst of the hurt we feel as a nation, it is inspiring to see the number of students, young people and community members marching on the steps of their Capitols to demand action,” said Assemblymember Quirk.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Damon Arthur, Record Searchlight

Walk down the fishing tackle aisle of most sporting goods stores and you are likely to see shelves stocked with lead fishing weights of many shapes and sizes.

While lead weights have been popular for decades among anglers, that could become a thing of the past.

A bill, AB 2787, was introduced into the California Legislature recently that would outlaw making, selling or owning most lead weights used for fishing.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, said lead in fishing gear needs to be banned because it is toxic to wildlife.

“Small lead fishing weights, like split shots, are killing California wildlife,” Quirk said in a news release posted on his website.