SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A study of 429 firearm owners who answered the 2018 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey has identified five distinct types of firearm owners – early work that may help assess risk and tailor injury prevention strategies to owners’ preferences and practices.

The categories consisted of two groups of single-firearm owners and three groups of multiple-firearm owners, including a small but unique group who own high-capacity magazines and assault-type weapons and carry a loaded handgun for protection against people. Limited prior research has linked these characteristics with higher risk of injury and crime.

The UC Davis study is the first to identify nuanced patterns of gun ownership.

“We found striking differences between the groups, which suggests one-size-fits-all approaches to preventing firearm injuries and death may be less effective than those that consider these differences,” said Julia Schleimer, VPRP researcher and study lead author. “By identifying different patterns of ownership, we hope to inform the development of public health and safety efforts that are relevant to firearm owners’ varying motivations, choices and risk.”

Schleimer believes more research on the link between these patterns of ownership and firearm violence is critical. The study did not aim to draw such conclusions about the five types, although several of the defining characteristics of these groups – storing a firearm unlocked and/or loaded, carrying a handgun and owning an assault weapon – have been the target of laws and public health campaigns to reduce firearm injury and death.

The five types of firearm owners 

The researchers distinguished the five groups by identifying common combinations of survey responses to questions about the number and types of firearms owned, primary reason for having firearms, storage practices, whether owners carried a loaded handgun and whether they owned high-capacity magazines.

Single-firearm owners differed from each other in the type of firearm owned, primary reason for ownership and how the firearm was stored:

First group (26% of owners): Members were likely to own one long gun for a reason other than protection against people, such as hunting or sport shooting;

Second group (21% of owners): Members commonly owned one handgun primarily for protection against people and stored it in a moderately secure manner. This group was most common among women.

The authors found substantial variability among those who owned more than one firearm. In fact, owning multiple firearms was the only characteristic that these three groups had in common:

Third group (31% of owners): Members commonly owned five or more firearms, owned both handguns and long guns (but not assault-type weapons), owned primarily for a reason other than protection against people and stored all firearms in the most secure manner (locked and unloaded);

Fourth group (14% of owners): Members were likely to own two to four firearms, including handguns and long guns, primarily for protection against people. They also stored at least one firearm unlocked and loaded;

Fifth group (9% of owners): Members were uniquely likely to own high-capacity magazines and assault-type weapons and to carry a loaded handgun for protection against people. Members of this group also commonly owned five or more firearms (14 on average), owned for protection against people and stored a firearm in the least secure manner (loaded and unlocked).

Co-authors of the study “Firearm Ownership in California: A Latent Class Analysis” include Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Rocco Pallin, Amanda Charbonneau, Shani Buggs and Garen Wintemute, all of UC Davis Health. (Injury Prevention DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043412)

This research was supported by the University of Calfornia Firearm Violence Research Center with funds from the state of California, the California Wellness foundation (2014-255), Heising-Simons Foundation (2017-0447), Langeloth Foundation (award no. 1824).

The UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) is a multi-disciplinary program of research and policy development focused on the causes, consequences and prevention of violence. Studies assess firearm violence and the connections between violence, substance abuse and mental illness. VPRP is home to the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center, which launched in 2017 with a $5 million appropriation from the state of California to fund and conduct leading-edge research on firearm violence and its prevention.

Fire Victims Can File Without an Attorney!!!!

SANTA ROSA, CA (MPG) - A grassroots campaign of fire victims held a press conference on the two-year anniversary of the devastating Tubbs fire to bring awareness to fellow fire victims about the rapidly approaching deadline to file claims against PG&E and to share vital information on this looming deadline -- spoken fire victim to fire victim in a language they all understand. Over half of fire victims have not yet filed claims. This group wants to let those thousands know they could be well compensated by PG&E, and they can file a claim for free and without  an attorney by going to www.pgefireinfo.com. Facing billions of dollars in liability claims, PG&E filed for protective bankruptcy, effectively cutting in half the time fire victims would normally have to make claims against the utilities behemoth. The deadline for filing claims is now October 21, 2019 by 5pm. The claims process is simpler than many believe. Claims are not limited to property damage and include lost income, loss of community, and emotional distress. Victims do not need to hire lawyers or know the monetary value of their claim before filing. This rapidly approaching deadline has fire victims scrambling to file claims, and many more are unaware that they are about to lose their right to file forever. They need to know about www.pgefireinfo.com

October 21, 2019 is the deadline for submitting claims against PG&E for losses relating to the 2017 North Bay Fires and the 2018 Camp Fire. It is vitally important that victims file their claims by this date, even if they do not have a lawyer or don’t know the exact amount of their claim. These details can be worked out after filing. Filing is free and requires very little effort. Detailed instructions on how to file out the forms is available at www.pgefireinfo.com. To date, too many have not started the claims process. Many are holding back because of misinformation. This low participation rate could affect all fire victims, including those who file claims. Numbers count in the bankruptcy process. Eventually, a bankruptcy plan will be hammered out by the different creditor groups or may be subject to a vote of creditors. Wildfire victims could be the largest creditor group and largest voting bloc, but only if more people to submit claims. Claims are not limited to those who lost their homes. “If you ran out the door with virtually nothing, drove through smoke and flames, were shut out of your home for weeks only to return a burned-out wasteland, you have a claim for emotional distress. Chances are you had smoke damage, lost trees and landscaping, and property damage that was not covered fully by insurance. If you were a renter or lived in a mobile home, you lost personal property and were almost certainly underinsured. You have a claim,” said Helen Sedwick, a Glen Ellen area fire victim. 

Anyone affected by the many fires that tore through California should file a claim. These relevant fires are: Atlas, Butte, Camp, Cascade, Cherokee, Highway 37, Honey, La Porte, Lobo, Mayacama, McCourtney, Nuns (which includes Adobe, Norrbom, Patrick, Pressley, and Oakmont fires), Pocket, Point, Potter/Redwood, Sullivan, Sulphur, and Tubbs fires. The forms must be filed no later than the “Bar Date” of October 21, 2019. The Proof of Claim form is simple, takes only 15 minutes to complete. Detailed information on how to fill out and file the form can be found at pgefireinfo.com.   Claimants do not need to include documentation or other proof now; that will happen later.  They may fill in the form electronically, mail it in, or send it via overnight courier (e.g.; FedEx, Priority Mail).  Fire survivors have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by filing a Proof of Claim form in the PG&E bankruptcy.

About The Fire Victims Group:

PGEFIREINFO.com is a group of five volunteers who lost their homes in Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen. They are dedicated to helping their neighbors and communities throughout Northern California receive a fair recovery from PG&E for the devastating losses of the 2015, 2017, and 2018 fires. James Finn is a cardiac anesthesiologist and critical care physician.  Deciding to retire after barely escaping with his life and seeing almost everything he owned obliterated by the Tubbs fire, he now dedicates his time to advocacy for responsible utility management and fire safety, as well as helping fellow fire survivors navigate the intricacies of insurance and understand the truth about financial recovery from PG&E. Howard Klepper retired after his home and shop, along with 30 guitars he built by hand, were destroyed by the Nuns fire.  He wants all those who were similarly injured by this greedy and reckless company to maximize their financial recovery. After losing her home in the Nuns Fire, Helen Sedwick is dedicated to help inform and encourage fire survivors. Volunteering countless hours, she is holding community informational meetings for all fire survivors while helping her Bennett Ridge neighborhood obtain grants to reduce fire risks. Robert and Linda Upton purchased their Glen Ellen property to keep their horses at home. They are horrified at the misinformation about making claims from PG&E. They want to be sure everyone has the real facts about the process and that friends and neighbors do not regret missing the deadline when PG&E writes large checks next year.

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Citizen’s Academy Really Needs You!

By Ashley Downton, City of Rancho Cordova  |  2019-08-22

K9 presentations are a popular demonstration at the Citizen’s Academy. Photo courtesy of Rancho Cordova Police Department

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - RCPD’s Citizen’s Academy is an eight-week course that will provide local residents with information about the police department and its proactive policing programs, as well as tools and resources residents can use to help prevent crime. The academy will be taught by police executives and veteran officers on Wednesdays from September 11 through October 30, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm.

“The Citizen’s Academy will offer our residents an insider’s look at the many ways RCPD keeps our community safe,” said Police Chief Chris Pittman. “The Academy will also further build relationships and increase communication between our officers and residents, which is vital to continue preventing crime in Rancho Cordova.”

Academy participants will learn about the divisions at RCPD, laws of arrest, patrol procedures, investigations, and other topics. Participants will also tour the Sacramento County District Attorney’s crime lab, experience demonstrations by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit and Explosive Ordinance Detail, and participate in a ride along.

Apply online at www.RanchoCordovaPD.com or in person at 2897 Kilgore Road, weekdays between 9 am – 5 pm. Applications are due by 5 pm on Wednesday, August 28.

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, live or work in the City of Rancho Cordova, have no prior felony convictions, and have no misdemeanor arrests within one year of application.

If you have any questions about the Citizen’s Academy, please contact Tina Aldama at 916-875-5852 or taldama@ranchocordovapd.com.

 

 

 

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Debate Resolution: Increased Gun Ownership by Law-abiding Citizens Would Decrease Violent Crimes and Mass Shootings.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Better Angels is a volunteer organization working to take the anger and hateful rhetoric out of political debate. Their Red-Blue Community Workshops have won national acclaim and left the thousands of participants with a renewed hope that we can Depolarize America.

Recently, Better Angels took their tested principles to a new level by organizing debates where the goal isn’t to zap “the other side” with a witty zinger or pummel them into submission, but instead to allow citizens to share their beliefs without fear of rebuke or retribution — and in the process help breakdown stereotypes, encourage learning, and bring civility back to our public discourse.

The purpose of the debate is not to promote a position, but to demonstrate that even tough issues can be discussed rationally and with grace. In May, Better Angels hosted a debate on the issue of Sanctuary Cities - but unlike many official meetings and debates, the discussion didn’t devolve into a tweet-storm or an angry face-off between warring tribes. Instead, 75 adults held a rational discussion, and showed respect for those with whom they disagreed. That’s Depolarization.

On July 30th at 6:30-8:30 pm, we’ll continue the experiment with a debate about another tough issue: guns. The event is open to the public - but space is limited and all participants must agree to the Better Rules. Learn more at www.BetterAngelsSacramento.com or Facebook.com/BetterAngelsSacramento.

The location is Arden-Arcade Library at 2443 Marconi Avenue. For more information contact Steve Sphar steve@stevesphar.com 916.739.8075

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - This press release is a summary of the facts known at this time, as this incident is actively being investigated. The information contained in the press release is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, agents from the FBI Office in Atlanta, Georgia and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department arrested 59-year-old Mark Manteuffel on multiple charges related to three separate incidents that occurred between 1992 and 1994 in the City of Davis, the County of Sacramento and the City of Sacramento.

The arrest came after a collaborative and extensive investigation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Davis Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, FBI – Sacramento Field Office, and the Sacramento Police Department.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this investigation to contact the Sacramento Police Investigations unit at (916) 808-0650 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

The Mission of the Sacramento Police Department is to work in partnership with the Community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On June 19, 2019, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Sacramento Police Department Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was shot at the scene of a domestic violence incident. She was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center where she tragically died. Officer Tara O’Sullivan was a dedicated, young officer who had only been with the department for a year. This is the first line-of-duty death of a Sacramento Police Officer in twenty years.

At 5:41 p.m., Officer Tara O’Sullivan and fellow officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Approximately thirty minutes later, shots were fired by an armed gunman inside the house. Officer O’Sullivan was struck while trying to help a woman move her items outside of the home.

With Officer O’Sullivan down, the gunman continued to fire at officers which prevented any form of rescue. An armored vehicle arrived in response and officers were able to transport her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The standoff lasted for multiple hours until the gunman surrendered at 1:54 a.m.

Officer O’Sullivan was a recent graduate from Sacramento State’s Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars Program. After which, she graduated from the Sacramento Police Academy.

“The loss of Officer O’Sullivan is devastating, grievous, and a reminder that police work invokes heartbreak,” said Brad Houle, CAHP Credit Union President. “She displayed heroism while protecting an individual in our community. Her family, friends, and colleagues will always remember that she selflessly sacrificed her life to ensure the safety of another.”

Officer O’Sullivan will remain in the thoughts and prayers of our community as we mourn this heartbreaking loss.

The CAHP Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of Officer Tara O’Sullivan. The CAHP Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities. Thank you for your continued support.

Donations can be made on the CAHP Credit Union website https://www.cahpcu.org/OfficerTaraOSullivanMemorialFund or mailed to:

Officer Tara O’Sullivan Memorial Fund
CAHP Credit Union
P.O. Box 276507
Sacramento, CA 95827-6507

California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) Credit Union has a membership of over 18,000 and is dedicated to matching the integrity, judgement and courtesy displayed by our peace officer members every day, in providing financial services whenever and wherever they need access to CAHP Credit Union.

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Sacramento Police and Sheriff's 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-16

Sheriff Scott Jones reads name of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Department officers

WOODLAKE, SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Friday, May 2, officers from several agencies, including Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, descended upon the quiet Woodlake neighborhood for the 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony, and to commemorate a new memorial plaque for Officer Mark Stasyuk who lost his life in the line of duty on September 17, 2018.

The ceremony included a procession of law enforcement officers from Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department led by the Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Officer Paul Brown, President of the Sacramento Police Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation welcomed officers, fallen officer families, dignitaries, fellow officers from outside agencies, and the general public.

“Today, let us remember our Sacramento fallen,” said the 20 year Sacramento Police Department veteran.

Pastor Anthony Sadler of Shiloh Baptist Church gave the invocation prior to guest speakers.


“It is in times like these that we realize how fragile we are and how quickly our loved ones can be taken away from us.” Each officer, he added, to be remembered had paid the ultimate price, as did the fallen officer’s family, in order to protect the citizens.

“Today we are saddened, and also honored, to add yet one more hero to the rank.” He then called for prayers for Deputy Mark Stasyuk and his family.


“We honor Deputy Stasyuk for his extraordinary bravery in the face of imminent danger,” he stated.


Throughout the invocation, the bells of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light sounded gently. The memorial, a living monument, is situated across the street from Woodlake Park and behind the light rail station on Arden Way. Land was donated by North Sacramento Land Company, wrote Rotary Club of North Sacramento President, Stephen Lemmon. His organization, along with Woodlake Improvement Club worked with the land company.


“Since we had a great working relationship with the Sacramento Police Department, the idea was hatched for a memorial,” Lemmon wrote, adding that Rotary Club member Dennis Tsuboi submitted the design and the club contributed $10,000.


In 1992, “a foundation was formed including both unions for Sac PD and Sac Sheriff, reps for the Chief and the Sheriff, the Rotary Club, Woodlake and the Council Member,” wrote Lemmon.


A list of major funders, board of directors, and past board members is etched in granite beside the dedication stone that reads, “For all those who served & sacrificed wearing the badge, we are eternally grateful.”


Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn spoke first.


“Welcome to these sacred grounds,” he said. “We will never forget the sacrifice that you have made for our entire community.”


Chief Hahn spoke several minutes about current challenges for law enforcement, community, and how these men and women “know what it takes to protect our community, to protect our values and our way of life.”


“We pray that this will be the last year that we add a name to this very important memorial,” said Hahn.
Sheriff Scott R. Jones spoke next, thanking Supervisor Susan Peters, general public, and fellow officers.


“I love coming to this place. I come from time to time. It seems like things are a little quieter, things are a bit more contemplative. It seems like I’m able to be a little bit more reflective. I love the fact that the community takes care of this place. It is truly hollow ground,” he said, adding that he also hates that there needs to be a place like this and that another name needs to be added this year.


Mark Stasyuk’s name joined twenty other Sheriff’s department officers, District Attorney Investigator Grant Wilson, Galt Police Department Officer Kevin Tonn, and sixteen Sacramento Police Department officers.


“His life made a difference,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.


Chief Todd Sockman, Galt Police Department, spoke about the family of law enforcement and the family that includes the community.


“As a family, we can get through this,” he said.


Following the guest speakers, the name of each of the 39 fallen officers was called, with a moment of silence, and the placement of a yellow rose on each memorial plaque by members of each respective agency. Each officer was honored with a white-gloved salute by a member of his agency.


Sheriff Jones said of 4 ½ year veteran Mark Stasyuk, that he “exemplified what it meant to be a law enforcement officer.”

   
Yellow roses were presented to members of the Stasyuk family who carried the flowers and placed them on his memorial.


Following a moment of silence, the rider-less horse was led in and through the memorial, a bugler played “Taps,” followed by a 21-gun salute, and a flyover of helicopters in the missing flyer formation.


“If one member suffers, all suffer together,” said Sacramento Police Officer William J. Conner in the benediction. “We are all part of something greater than ourselves.”


For additional information, visit: http://www.sacmemorial.org/.

 

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