Legislative Advocacy

Gun violence is linked to the availability of guns in the community. Youth ALIVE! advocates for sensible policies that reduce gun, gang, family and dating violence.

Current Legislation

AB 699: This bill aims to protect students from overzealous immigration raids that heighten fear and anxiety and diminish feelings of safety.

AB 785: This bill will keep firearms out of the hands of those who have been convicted of hate crimes.

AB 1008: This bill would prohibit employers from inquiring into or reviewing a job applicant’s conviction history until after that applicant has received a conditional offer.

AB 1114: This bill would make adjustments to the Supervised Population Workforce Training Program to expand the eligible target population to include people on parole, require applicants to include a partnership with a community based organization that works with the reentry population.

AB 1402 (Opposition): This bill would re-criminalize child victims of sexual violence rather than protect their pathway to victim-centered services.

AB 1639: This bill would prohibit the board from denying an application for a claim solely because the victim or derivative victim is a person who is listed in the CalGang system.

SB 190: This bill will end the harmful assessment and collection of administrative fees against families of youth in the juvenile justice system.

SB 607: This bill would amend the Education Code to address the overuse of suspensions and expulsions for minor and subjectively imposed offenses  pursuant to Educ. Code 48900(K).

SB 941: This bill aims to remove juvenile administrative fees which run counter to the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system.

Past Legislation


AB 1663: This bill expands the definition of “assault weapon.” It would require semi-automatic rifles sold or transferred in California to be manufactured with ammunition magazines that cannot be detached. Fixed magazines prevent the rapid reloading that increases the lethality of mass shootings.

AB 1664: This bill expands the definition of “assault weapon.” It would prohibit the use of a “bullet button” or other tool that allows for easily changeable magazines on all military-style assault weapons.

AB 1674: This bill limits the number of firearms that may be purchased by a single person in a month.

AB 1726: This bill, also known as the Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics Act (AHEAD Act), would illuminate economic, health, and educational disparities within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities by requiring collection of disaggregated demographic data by California’s public higher education institutions.

AB 2165 (Opposition): This bill would significantly weaken California’s law prohibiting the sale of unsafe handguns.

AB 2160: This bill modernizes statues governing the California Victim’s Compensation program by expanding benefits.

AB 2459: This bill provides transparency for all gun transactions, deter illegal activity, and improve enforcement of existing law.

AB 2607: This bill amends existing law to enable an employer, a coworker, a mental health worker, or an employee of a high school or college to request the courts to issue a GVRO from a person having in his/her custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm or ammunition.

SB 880: This bill revises the definition of “assault weapon” to mean a semiautomatic centerfire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine but has any one of those specified attributes. The bill would also define “fixed magazine” to mean an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action. This bill aims to close the “Button Bullet Loophole.”

SB 894: This bill provides a tool for law enforcement to detect firearms trafficking and charge criminals who engage in such activity.

SB 1006: This bill would create a Violence Research Center.

SB 1219: This bill establishes a certification process for employment social enterprises to secure state business development services and procurement preferences.

SB 1286: This bill will improve accountability and trust in law enforcement by providing public access to information about serious uses of force and proven misconduct by peace officers.

SB 1322: This bill precludes victims of commercial sexual exploitation, a form of child abuse, from being arrested and charged with prostitution and related loitering.

SB 1404 (Amend): Amending this bill so that the important work AB 1629 helps fund can continue.

SB 1446: This bill would stop the possession of large capacity magazines and increase public safety.

SJR 20: This measure urges the Congress of the United States to lift an existing prohibition against publicly funded scientific research on the causes of gun violence and its effects on public health, and to appropriate funds for the purpose of conducting that research.

SB 1004 (Opposition): Youth Alive! strongly opposes SB 1004, a bill that would allow adults under 21 to enter a guilty plea in exchange for entry into an untested pilot program.

Support for SB 1324: Youth Alive! supports SB 1324, a bill that would extend the sunset on previous legislation that supports the physical and emotional recovery for Californians injured by gun or other violence.

Support for SB 1324 (Governor): Youth Alive! supports SB 1324, a bill that would extend the sunset on previous legislation that supports the physical and emotional recovery for Californians injured by gun or other violence.

SFA Endorsements: Safety for All Endorsements

Support Flint Families: A letter in support of the children of Flint, Michigan, as they grapple with urgent infrastructure and health needs concerning their water contamination situation.

Support for FEH: Youth Alive! supports the Fair Employment and Housing Council’s proposed regulations on the consideration of criminal history in employment decisions.

Open Letter to California’s Educational Leaders: A letter in support of protecting the safety and well being of all California students and ensuring that K-12 schools and college campuses are free from bigotry, discrimination, harassment, and assault.


AB 71 Public Safety and Law Enforcement Transparency

AB 256 Electronic Evidence

AB 329 Stable Housing for Re-entry

AB 953 Preventing the Harmful and Unjust Practice of Racial and Identity Profiling

AB 1118 Procedural Justice

AB 1140 Modernizing the California Victim Compensation Program

SB 4 Improved Health Services, Academic Support and Neighborhood Safety

SB 124 Preventing/Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement in Youth Lock-ups

SB 261 Parole Review for Young Adults with Lengthy or Life Sentences

-SB 261 Fact Sheet

SB 347 Firearms: Prohibited Persons

SB 382 Clarifying Criteria for Fitness Hearings

SB 411 Right to Record Law Enforcement

SB 527 Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund Education Grant Program

SB 592 Healthy Relationship and Safe Schools Act (TNT supported legislation)

SB 707 No Concealed Weapons on Campus


AB 420 Willful Defiance (TNT Youth Leaders’ support)

AB 1014 Temporary Gun Restraining Order

AB 1165 Pupil Instruction: Sexual Abuse and Sex Trafficking Prevention Education

AB 1609 Enforcement of Interstate Gun Trafficking Law

AB 1629 VOC Peer Counseling Reimbursement

AB 1756 Juvenile Record Sealing

AB 1964 Unsafe Handguns

SB 1150 Medical and Mental Health Same Day Benefits

SB 53 Ammunition Regulation

SB 1055 Public School Health Centers

SB 1396 Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Minimum Wage Increase Support Letter


AB 169 Support letter to the Governor

AB 174 Services in School-Based Health Centers for Students Impacted by Trauma – Support

AB 180 Support letter to the Governor

AB 187 Ammunition Tax for Public Safety Services – Support

AB 549 Ensuring the Safety of Studnets through Positive School Climates – Support

AB 761 CalPERS/CalSTRS: Firearms Divestment – Support

AB 1131 Support letter to the Governor

SB 140 Armed Prohibited Person System Enforcement – Support

SB 140 Support letter to the Governor

SB 299 Lost or Stolen Firearms – Support

SB 374 Support letter to the Governor

SB 396 Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines Ban – Support

SB 552 Violence Awareness – Support

SB 755 Support letter to the Governor

SB 374, SB 396, SB 47, SB 567, SB 53, SB 755, SB 140, & SB 683 – Support


AB 48 Firearms, Ammunition, Sales – Support