Gun Laws & Legislation

Proposed California Gun Control Bill Moves Forward

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Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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California lawmakers proposed legislation that would further restrict gun owners rights in the state.

Seven pieces of gun-control legislation passed California’s state legislature’s Democratic controlled Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, among other measures, the committee proposed a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

“This ban forces manufacturers to reconfigure magazine design in order to satisfy an arbitrary standard set by policy makers instead relying upon the product engineers who designed the firearm originally. It’s like putting training wheels on a Harley,” National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter told The Daily Caller in an e-mail statement.

The bill also included a requirement saying that anyone who makes homemade firearms must have a background check and apply for a serial number and approved funding to create a firearm violence research center at the University of California.

“Times have changed,” California’s State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said, “and when these weapons are flooding the streets and putting our law enforcement agents in jeopardy — our communities in jeopardy — we as policy makers need to step in as quickly as possible.”

Additionally, the committee passed a bill that will attempt to go around a court order that bans law enforcement from mandating licensed gun sellers to keep records log on purchases of ammunition.


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*This piece has been updated.