- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.

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.

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

Meanwhile, Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles said Thursday he won’t pursue legislation to prohibit gun sales to people on the government’s no-fly list. Gatto says he spoke with lawyers who say it can’t be done constitutionally.

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