The California Legislature agreed Thursday to allocate $5 million to create a University of California gun violence research center.
Lawmakers passed the state budget, which included the center’s funding, on Wednesday.
The UC has not determined where the center will be located, said UC spokesperson Claire Doan.
The center aims to study the causes behind gun violence incidents, such as the June 1 murder-suicide at UCLA and the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
“(This deal) comes on the heels of the Orlando tragedy and underscores our need to better understand the impact of firearm violence,” Doan said.
Some UCLA student leaders are pushing for the center to be located at UCLA... Tanner Kelly, who graduated this year and served as the USAC External Vice President state relations director, said student leaders will lobby for UCLA to host the center. Kelly added they will be working with Chancellor Gene Block, state lawmakers and the UC Office of the President...