LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer marked the first-ever National Day for Gun Violence Prevention by calling for a renewed nationwide commitment to once and for all end the gun violence crisis, unveiling a new PSA and announcing charges against ten individuals for alleged gun crimes.
"Gun violence is a national public health and safety emergency," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Our office is working on many fronts to combat violence from firearms. But we need more from our partners in Washington, D.C. to help us keep guns out of the hands of criminals and kids."
Feuer unveiled a new public service announcement produced by Women Against Gun Violence (WAGV). The gripping 30-second television spot highlights tragic instances of children being killed by firearms and imploring the public to, “Lock up your guns.”
“Parents and caretakers need to make certain that they, their family, their friends, and their neighbors keep guns locked up safely and securely,” said mother, grandmother, and WAGV Board Member Donna Finkelstein. “Children are curious and successful treasure-hunters. That means there is no safe hiding place for a loaded and unlocked gun. It’s important to not be intimated by a conversation about safe gun storage. Our children deserve better.”
The City Attorney announced that in the last month his office filed charges against ten individuals for alleged violations of various firearm laws. The violations include carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
Benito Ramirez, 26, charged with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.
Adan Vargas, 26, charged with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm.
Kevin Agnes, 24, charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, violation of a protective order and possession of a controlled substance.
Danai Sroythong, 33, charged with unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, and driving under the influence.
Gordon Thomas Stevens, 49, charged with unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawfully entering a restricted part of the airport.
Christian Serna, 18, charged with one count of unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.
John Meza, 21, charged with unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.
Michael Gastil, 33, charged with carrying a concealed firearm,
Alexis Ramos, 25, charged with unlawfully purchasing and using a stun gun.
Artour Keshishzedh, 45, charged with unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a controlled substance.
Since becoming City Attorney 23 months ago, Feuer has taken several major actions, on both a national and local level, to prevent gun violence. Those efforts include co-founding and co-chairing Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, forming a Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office, establishing new protocols with the LAPD on Domestic Violence and guns and filing three safe storage cases against adults who allegedly failed to lock up their guns which subsequently fell into the hands of minors.