A package of strict gun control laws were passed by California’s Assembly Committee on Public Safety earlier this week, which have already approved by the state’s Senate.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the package includes bills that would add all semiautomatic rifles with a detachable magazine to California’s list of banned weapons, a ban on all magazines holding more than 10 rounds, require long gun purchasers to take and pass a written test, and add to the list of offenses that would prohibit a person from owning firearms. The package also included several proposals to fix “loop holes” in California’s already strict gun policies. The foremost of these is a ban on the so-called “bullet buttons” or devices which allow magazine removal though the use of a tool, therefore no longer qualifying as a firearm with a detachable magazine.

“This entire package is not focused on trying to prohibit or limit law-abiding citizens from having guns,” said California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). “It seeks to close loopholes that were never supposed to exist.”

Passing the Assembly Committee will move the bills closer to a signature by California Governor Jerry Brown. Governor Brown’s stance on gun control is a mixed one, having signed several gun control bills into law previously, yet vetoing others and supporting the National Rifle Association (NRA) in 2009 during his tenure as attorney general to challenge Chicago’s handgun ban in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The governor in the past has demonstrated independence,” said Larry Keane, Senior Vice President for the NRA. “He is not reflexively anti-gun and will listen to sound policy arguments.”

The bills are also receiving widespread criticism from gun rights advocates, especially concerning Senate Bill 374, the ban on semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines.

“My gun owners are blowing up my phones, saying ‘You can’t let this happen,'” recalled the Comittee’s vice chair Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore). “We can’t ban everything. This is about personal responsibility of human beings … not the weapons they are using.”

If passed into law SB 374 could have wide-ranging consequences for hunters and shooting enthusiasts who own modern sporting rifles.

“You’re looking at literally millions of guns,” Gerald Upholt, a lobbyist for the California Association of Firearms Retailers, told the San Jose Mercury News.

Hunters are also concerned over a bill that could ban traditional lead ammunition, a measure intended to safeguard the California condor. Some other states, such as Utah or Arizona, provide hunters with incentives to use non-lead ammo. An outright ban of traditional ammo is being viewed by many hunters as a ban on hunting itself.

Image from Ian Norman on the Flickr Creative Commons

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8 thoughts on “California Lawmakers Advance Nation’s Toughest Gun Control Bills

  1. I’m sure all drug dealers and criminals will abide by all these laws. Meanwhile, the law abiding citizen gets restricted. And California crime continues to rise. Forget getting any gun manufacturers moving in to create jobs as well. Another liberal state that thinks it knows how to protect the public.

  2. This is just one of many reasons I’ve left the State, guns laws by liberal pot heads, Polisie wanting to make CA a safe haven for illegals, second highest in nation in State tax, over priced homes, traffic, and the list goes on. CA will self-destruct in time and then they will be like Detroit and wonder why.

  3. California was a desert when the white man found it and now the Liberals are going to make it one again. Just please do not ask the rest of the 49 States to come and bail you out. Our King Berry found 7 more states you might want to hook into… It will be a very long time until we return to California to do anything. We are praying for an Earthquake that will take out the whole Left coast.

  4. Yep, every gangster in California is going golly gee gosh we cant use our Uzi’s and mac 10’s any more. How stupid do they have to be. Are they sending legal firearms users back to Muskets?

  5. Why does California want to enforce some laws and not others? The anti-gun sect is strong and I’m sure is getting much support from D.C. and the socialists/communists there. In the city of L.A. crime is rampant and I don’t believe new anti gun legislation will slow it down as criminals are not liable to register for purchase and, I suspect, even for a drivers license. Are illegal immigrants able to obtain a valid drivers license? I don’t know!

  6. “This entire package is not focused on trying to prohibit or limit law-abiding citizens from having guns,”

    Lying sack of shi….

  7. Title of the story is upsetting
    Politicians talk about “tough gun laws” when it is clear that the only thing that will work is an outright and total ban.
    Nobody needs and nobody should have a gun in the modern age.
    Why the endless war on drugs and the tepid feeble “phone it in” attempts at pacifying voters on gun control?

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