Gun control package progresses in California Senate
April 17, 2013
California gun control legislation, dubbed the “LIFE Act” by Democratic leaders, advanced out of the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday. [LA Times]
The Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement Act is a package of bills that contains several gun control provisions, including requirements for permits and background checks in order to buy ammunition and a ban on the possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The LIFE ACT passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 5-2, party-line vote, and it now moves on to another Senate committee.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flew to Sacramento Tuesday to testify before the Public Safety Committee.
“From coast to coast, we have seen too many children killed or living in the aftermath of horrific violence,” Villaraigosa said. “You have before you today the opportunity to make our laws stronger, an opportunity to make California a leader again on the issue of gun violence.”
Gun control opponents also testified at the hearing, including Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson.
“I will never take a gun away from a citizen who has a right to bear arms,” Wilson said.