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Los Angeles County Board Approves News Gun Restrictions Following Mass Shootings

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The Los Angeles County, California, Board Of Supervisors voted to further restrict residents’ Second Amendment rights Tuesday, approving a number of motions for gun control restrictions.

The approval followed a mass shooting in the city of Monterey Park that took the lives of 11 people, leading board members to crack down on the sale and possession of weapons in unincorporated areas, according to a press release. The motion also created an ordinance to implement a 1,000-foot buffer zone between gun stores and “child-sensitive areas,” requires all privately owned firearms to be kept under lock and key, mandates liability insurance for gun owners and blocks .50 caliber sales and possession.

The board also voted to look into the feasibility of developing a county database of guns. (RELATED: Federal Judge Strikes Down Law That Blocks Marijuana Users From Owning A Firearm)

“We know that blame for the gun violence epidemic lies with the failure of Congressional leaders to pass even the most basic federal gun laws. Because they have not acted — we have found actions we can take at the county level to protect lives,” Democratic Chair of Los Angeles County Janice Hahn said in a release.

The board noted that there have been 54 mass shootings in the United States since the start of the new year 38 days ago, almost two per day, according to the release.

“We must do absolutely everything in our power to prevent and put an end to gun violence in our community. Today’s motions do exactly that,” Democratic Supervisor Lindsey Horvath said. “I’m proud to advance common sense gun safety guidelines and to join my Board colleagues in our continued demand to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Last week, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced support for gun control legislation, saying, “we’ve passed common sense gun safety laws and they work.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 2, would restrict people under 21 from getting a concealed carry permit, require more training to receive a permit and implement a “sensitive places” restriction that will dictate where a permit can be used. The bill was written by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino, and follows mass shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park in January.

“Only in America do we see the kind of carnage and chaos of gun violence that destroys our communities and our sense of safety and belonging,” Newsom said in a release.

The board also voted to support a 10-year national assault rifle ban and a ban on the sale of such firearms and high-capacity magazines to those under 21, according to the release. The bill was introduced by Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“Ms. Feinstein has been in the Senate for a long time,” Gun Owners of California Executive Director Sam Paredes told NBC. “She keeps resubmitting the same measure every session. I don’t think it will pass the Senate. It certainly won’t make it through the House.”

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