A new set of gun control bills landed on Gov. Jerry Brown’s office on Thursday. Under the new regulation the sale of semiautomatic rifles that have detachable magazines is strictly prohibited, Californians who buy ammunition will have to undergo several background checks, while those that make their own firearms at home will face new restrictions.
California regulators decided to tighten gun control across the state in the wake of horrendous mass shootings in Orlando and San Bernardino. Yet despite the killings, U.S. Congress is still highly divided over gun control.
Senate President Kevin De León recently said that he didn’t know how many more people need to lose their lives for Congress to finally take action and impose California-like gun restrictions nationwide.
De León added that it was a historic day when California “moves forward forcefully” to protect its children, families and communities against gun violence.
However, the new measures spurred controversy as Republicans voted against them as being unconstitutional, while the American Civil Liberties Union severely criticized a measure to allow co-workers file petitions in court to deprive their colleagues of firearms at work.
It is unclear whether Gov Brown will sign all measures into law as he had objected to some similar measures in the past. However, it is highly likely that he will sign some of them into law before leaving on a tour in Europe with his family.
On Thursday, Brown said he needed to “look at them.”
The new package of bills is a response to the December mass killing at San Bernardino which resulted in 14 deaths and the June mass shooting at an Orlando gay club where 49 people lost their lives.
De León noted that the gunman basically “sprayed” the nightclub with bullets. He kept wondering how a person with so many anger management issues was allowed to buy ammunition.
On the other hand, the most important new measure is the requirement to show an ID before buying ammunition and have your name checked against a database with criminals that are barred from owning and carrying firearms.
Most California GOP members voted against the new bills. They argued that law-abiding citizens would have to suffer the most while criminals would simply ignore the new restrictions.
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