Gatto plans to push law deterring violence at sporting events

Assemblyman Mike Gatto today announced plans to push legislation "to deter assaults and fighting at sporting events."

His announcement comes on the heels of violence at a San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders game at Candlestick Park on Saturday in which two people were shot in the parking lot. Another fan was beaten unconscious in a stadium bathroom.

Gatto also cited the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium in March. The paramedic has been in medically induced coma since being attacked in the stadium parking lot on March 31.

The exact provisions of the bill were not announced, but Gatto's office said the assemblyman would ask the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee to convene a special proceeding to vet his proposal and take testimony from sports security experts, law enforcement and others.

"There are many things worth fighting for," Gatto said in a statement. "The fact that someone wore a rival sports franchise's jersey to a game isn't one of them"

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