SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California state senator is proposing legislation to create a gun violence research center at the University of California.

Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis said Wednesday that the gun debate can benefit from real data and scientific methods.

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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.

SB1006 does not say how much state money the state would provide or which UC campus would house the research center.

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Wolk is the latest Democrat to introduce gun-related legislation. Last month, lawmakers introduced several bills to restrict access to various types of firearms.

The National Rifle Association did not immediately comment on Wolk’s proposal.

 

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