California legislature returns to gun control package

August 12, 2013

gunsThe 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.”




  1. SLOTECH90 says:

    Here’s how the equation works:

    Enact more inane laws=Lock up more people=more support for the States only growth industry
    which is locking people up

    (8) 8 Total Votes - 8 up - 0 down
  2. SamLouis says:

    The most ludicrous include:

    Senate Bill 374 (Steinberg) would expand the definition of “Assault Weapons” to include ALL semi-auto rifles that accept a detachable magazine. SB374 would ban on the sale and possession of ALL semi-Auto rifles and require registration to retain legal possession in the future.

    Senate Bill 396 (Hancock) bans the possession of all standard capacity magazines over ten rounds and would require confiscation of these magazines that are currently lawfully possessed.

    Senate Bill 47 (Yee) bans the sale of popular “bullet buttoned” semi-automatic rifles with certain physical characteristics. SB 47 would also require registration of currently owned bullet-buttoned rifles, and would amend the definition of “fixed magazine” for purposes of California’s “assault weapons” laws to mean a magazine that cannot be removed without “disassembly of the firearm action.”

    If these and others pass, it’ll go to court. It will also turn MILLIONS of Californians into felons when they fail to follow unconstitutional laws. The wackos have finally went too far…

    (24) 24 Total Votes - 24 up - 0 down
    • SamLouis says:

      Imagine that .22 rifle that has resided in your closet for the last 30+ years magically becoming an “assault weapon” with the passage of these ridiculous bills. What a load of crap.

      (27) 27 Total Votes - 27 up - 0 down
    • aft50s says:

      So what happens if someone already owns a legally registered assault rifle in CA (registered w/ DOJ) which included 40 rd. magazines as part of the “package”?

      (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  3. FineWine says:

    Kommunist California! Guns, taxes, property, water, amnesty, schools. In every category Kali never hesitates to take your freedom and force there way of thinking on you,

    (25) 25 Total Votes - 25 up - 0 down
  4. Rambunctious says:

    I can’t figure out whom these liberal gun grabbers are appealing to with their anti gun propositions. I’m sure they are from more populated areas of the state where crime is high. If I lived in South Central or Oakland or East LA and someone tried to limit my access to a means of protection for myself and my family I’d never vote for that person. Ohhh I guess unless they also promised me food stamps. AAAHAHAHAHAHA

    (28) 28 Total Votes - 28 up - 0 down
  5. choprzrul says:

    If gun laws worked, Chicago would have no firearms related crimes. We all know that isn’t true, and we all know these new laws will serve only to embolden criminals.

    (30) 32 Total Votes - 31 up - 1 down
    • the guy paso says:

      Amen x infinity

      (17) 17 Total Votes - 17 up - 0 down
      • kettle says:

        So biblical declaration of affirmation of a logical fallacy x infinity.

        To think some people want to cut public education.

        (-15) 17 Total Votes - 1 up - 16 down
    • kettle says:

      choprzrul says:”If gun laws worked, Chicago would have no firearms related crimes.”
      No. Your logical fallacy is black or white, you presented two alternative states as the only possibilities, when in fact more possibilities exist (Also known as the false dilemma).

      “We all know that isn’t true, and we all know these new laws will serve only to embolden criminals.”
      Speak for yourself, get elected to a office and you can claim to speak for others.

      (-25) 29 Total Votes - 2 up - 27 down
    • Homer says:

      If law against murder worked, there would be no murder. If speed limit laws worked, no one would speed. If burglary laws worked…Man, what a stupid argument.

      (-11) 19 Total Votes - 4 up - 15 down
    • choprzrul says:

      Scientifically, MORE guns in the hands of law abiding citizens results in LESS crime:

      The California/Detroit/Chicago/New York method works quite the opposite. Legislators pass anti gun laws, the criminals are emboldened and crime rises, the politicians allocate funds for more law enforcement, more law enforcement swells union ranks, unions donate to politicians’ re-election.

      Gun control isn’t about guns, it’s about CONTROL.


      (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
      • zaphod says:

        crime statistics have been going down for decades. guns have little or nothing to do with it. getting the lead out of gasoline and row v wade correlates with the decline . the kind of crimes now a gun can’t help you but an app on the phone solve the crime for u the camera cell phone is more powerful and useful than all the now obsolete second amendment arms bearing rubbish.

        (-2) 2 Total Votes - 0 up - 2 down
  6. Mike says:

    And none of these laws will be enforced on gang members and drug dealers.

    (35) 39 Total Votes - 37 up - 2 down
  7. info says:

    “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.

    Not infringe? John your proposing to ban “all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines”. I assume thats 80% of the rifles available. Thanks for leaving me with my shotgun, 30-06, and my grandfathers 30/30. Oh wait, all ammo is soon to be banned as it either toxic or armor piercing.

    What a joke, the last 20 years of moderate infringements have left us nothing.

    (49) 53 Total Votes - 51 up - 2 down
  8. tomsquawk says:

    you need gun control to keep people from shooting each other over water rights. Legislature, worry about the real issues…..hahahaha; never mind

    (21) 21 Total Votes - 21 up - 0 down
  9. Jorge Estrada says:

    Fire this rediculous Senate bill and those who supported. Firing a gun is always the last resort and never the answer to a civil dispute. It’s time to break out the Magnum Vote and get these gunphobes back to la la land.

    (40) 42 Total Votes - 41 up - 1 down

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