California legislature returns to gun control package
August 12, 2013
The California legislature returns from its summer recess Monday, and numerous proposed gun control measures await hearings. [Mercury News]
On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will hear bills passed by the Assembly that include proposals to create a state database of all ammunition purchases, to extend the length of the ban on ownership of firearms after a person make violent threats and to require gun owners to lock up all guns when they are not carrying.
On Tuesday, the Assembly Public Safety Committee will hear bills passed by the senate that would ban all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and require those who own high-capacity magazines to turn them in. The committee will also hear a bill that makes it a crime for gun owners to leave guns unlocked when they leave the house.
“California can continue to have very strict gun control laws and not infringe on people’s individual rights to purchase guns,” said Assembly Speaker John Perez. “I’m also a gun owner, and so I’m always very thoughtful about how you balance safety concerns and the law enforcement concerns of gun control with the individual rights of gun owners.”
California Rifle and Pistol Association attorney Chuck Michel said the legislature is pursuing “civilian disarmament.”
“This year’s extremist legislative package proves that the threat of the slippery slope is all too real,” Michel said. “None of the proposed bills will truly reduce the misuse of firearms by violent criminals or the mentally ill.”