SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s state budget includes $5 million for a gun violence research center at the University of California.
The Assembly and Senate approved the research funding Thursday as part of several pieces of budget-related legislation.READ MORE: Roseville Woman Who Used Feinstein's Name, SS# For COVID Fraud Admits Stealing EDD Benefits
Gun-violence researchers have long complained that funding is hard to find since Congress in 1996 prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from paying for gun research.READ MORE: COVID: California Lawmakers Revive Virus Tax Break For Businesses
Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis says violent acts including the weekend mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida has left people searching for answers. She says scientific data and methods can help provide them.MORE NEWS: Bay Area Businesses Brace For Unrest Ahead of Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial
Gun-rights advocates were opposed, saying the research would be used to bolster more gun control laws.