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Ventura County Congresswoman wants labels on guns to get people to think twice about using them for suicide

Thomas Def
A new bill by a Ventura County congresswoman would require suicide warning labels on firearms sold in the United States.

Congresswoman says two-thirds of nation's gun deaths are suicides.

A Ventura County thinks we need to do more to prevent suicides with guns, by putting warning labels on them.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village introduced a new bill calling for the labels. The labels would say if you, or someone you known is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline. The label would include the phone number.

Brownley says two thirds of the gun deaths in the United States are suicides.

She says there’s another reason for her proposal. The congresswoman says 20 veterans a day commit suicide, and 70% of those deaths involved firearms.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.