Los Angeles County officials are proposing a plan to allow doctors and nurses at County-operated hospitals and medical campuses to give out free gun locks.
The proposal is part of the county’s harm reduction strategy to prevent gun violence, according to a release from Supervisor Janice Hahn.
More than 60 percent of gun owners in America don’t lock their firearms and 56 percent keep them loaded, according to data obtained by the county from the Pew Research Center.
“Gun locks can save lives, especially in households with children,” Supervisor Hahn said in a press release. “Some studies have found that people are more likely to use gun locks if they are given to them by their doctor or in a medical center to take home and I think it is a concept we should explore for our own County hospitals.”
A motion authored by Supervisor Hahn and fellow Supervisor Hilda Solis was passed unanimously by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, giving the county the green light to explore gun lock distribution.
According to officials, hospitals nationwide have already implemented a similar system after research showed that the practice was effective.
“Gun owners may assume that their families know how to handle a gun, however, if it’s not safely stored or locked, serious injuries or death may result,” Supervisor Solis said. “Hospitals are where many victims end up, and to what end, we can use the opportunity to both educate and provide them with a tangible resource to better protect them and their families: gun locks.”
The L.A. County Department of Public Health’s Office of Violence Prevention and the Department of Health Services are set to report back to the board in 45 days with information about how many County-operated hospitals and medical campuses there are and the number of locks required for implementation.
Also in the works is a proposed plan for implementing the practice that includes a timeline on securing the locks, developing educational campaigns and identifying a distribution strategy.
Additionally, officials will look into any resources required to purchase and provide gun safety cable locks, gun safes and lock boxes, according to the county’s release.
Orange County child sex assault suspect remains at large
Police are searching for a sexual predator who allegedly assaulted a child in Santa Ana.
The suspect was identified as Nicolas Gonzalez, 39, by the Santa Ana Police Department.
Gonzalez is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child on the 500 block of North Mortimer Street.
When the victim’s family members spotted him, they confronted Gonzalez and scared him away. The suspect fled the scene before police could arrive.
There is an active warrant out for his arrest involving several child sex assault charges, authorities said.
Gonzalez is described as a Hispanic man standing 5 ft 3 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He remains at large.
Anyone who may have seen Gonzalez or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Santa Ana Police Detective Avila at 714-245-8379 or email AAvila@santa-ana.org.
L.A. chapter of ASPCA responds to discovery of dead longhorn at fraternity house in Oklahoma
The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spcaLA) is outraged over the “horrific” discovery of a dead longhorn in front of a fraternity house near the campus of Oklahoma State University.
According to KTLA sister station KFOR, the carcass was found in front of the FarmHouse Fraternity in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The words “F**k FH” were scrawled on the cow’s side.
A local police officer told KFOR that the longhorn appeared to have been dead for less than 24 hours upon its discovery, and it was unlikely that it was killed on off-campus fraternity house’s front lawn.
Tire tracks on the lawn indicate that a truck or truck and trailer dumped the steer there, KFOR reported.
SpcaLA officials released a statement condemning the “horrific and unsettling” discovery and called for a thorough investigation by local authorities, the Oklahoma State University’s Office of Student Support and Conduct and the National Interfraternity Council.
The dead longhorn does carry some significance, as OSU is set to take on the University of Texas (whose mascot is a longhorn steer) in Dallas on Saturday in the Big 12 championship, and some are speculating that the slaughtering of the steer is directly connected to the matchup.
“Regardless, if this is because of a football game, “Texas Hate Week,” or something more nefarious, this is a criminal act,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “This behavior cannot be brushed aside.”
KFOR obtained a statement from Oklahoma State University:
“Oklahoma State University is appalled at the disturbing display of animal cruelty that occurred overnight at an off-campus location near a fraternity house. The Stillwater Police Department is investigating the incident, and the university’s Office of Student Support and Conduct also has initiated an investigation.
Oklahoma State expects all students to adhere to university codes of conduct, and appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation.”
Statement from Oklahoma State University
Where the animal came from and who put it there remains under investigation.
The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State by a score of 49-21 on Saturday.
Homeowner reportedly shoots, kills suspect during home invasion
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after a homeowner reportedly shot and killed a home invasion suspect.
LAPD officers were first called to a home in the 11400 block Swinton Avenue in Granada Hills around 5 a.m. Saturday morning on calls of a home invasion involving multiple armed suspects, preliminary information indicates.
During the course of the home invasion, the homeowner allegedly opened fire at the suspects, fatally striking one of them.
Video shows the male homeowner being detained by police during the initial investigation.
The deceased suspect has only been identified as a man, police told KTLA 5’s Carlos Herrera.
It is unknown whether the homeowner and the suspects were known to each other.
This is a developing story. Stay with KTLA for updates.
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