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California Teachers’ Pension Fund Moves To Divest From Gun Makers

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Weapons surrendered during a gun buyback program on December 15, 2012 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Weapons surrendered during a gun buyback program on December 15, 2012 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — The nation’s largest teacher pension fund is taking the first step toward divesting from companies that manufacture guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines that are illegal in California.

The investment committee of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System unanimously approved a motion by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Wednesday.

CalSTRS has investments in private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, which owns the manufacturer of an assault weapon used in last month’s Connecticut school massacre. The pension fund also owns shares of Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., two publicly traded gun manufacturers.

Those investments account for $11.7 million of the system’s $155 billion portfolio.

Board member Harry Keiley says the fund has the power to change its investments. Staff will meet with the companies and return with recommendations.

 

 

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