In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, second from left, glances to a pair of semi-automatic rifles as he discusses a package of proposed gun control legislation at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif. • AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File
A series of gun control bills moving through Sacramento would make California home to some of the nation's strictest gun control laws.
One measure, which cleared the state Assembly and Senate and is now on the desk of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, would ban new sales of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines. And those who already own such weapons would have to register them.
It's one of a package of gun control bills passed earlier this year by the state Senate in the wake of the massacre last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The Assembly gave final approval this week.
Another bill passed in recent days would require gun owners to notify authorities of a missing or stolen weapon within a week. The legislature also approved measures to require gun owners to lock firearms when someone who isn't allowed to possess a weapon is present, and to extend gun safety training requirements to owners of long guns.
But the gun control measure didn't get through without a fight. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said they violate the Second Amendment, pure and simple. Donnelly wrote on Atlas Business Journal
Originally, SB 374 would have banned .22 rifles with detachable magazines in spite of the fact that .22s are not considered assault weapons by most people. Realizing this, Senator Darrell Steinberg, the author of SB 374, set out to create a whole new category of rifles - "classified as assault weapons - "that could be banned and therefore never transferred and sold. Ultimately, wiping out entire rifle classifications so that they could never be passed on.
If that weren't enough, standard ranch rifles, Mini-14s, would be banned under SB 374. Not only would the Mini-14 be banned, but also the famous M1 carbine. If you're wondering what an M1 carbine is, they were regularly used during World War II and have never been used in the commission of a crime. It is both an antique and a relic, yet SB 374 intends to ban them.
Democrats in the California legislature have supermajorities in both chambers, and can push through most of what they want. But they might take a cautionary note from Colorado, where on Tuesday two Democratic lawmakers were recalled after backing a series of gun control laws.
Senate leader John Morse of Colorado Springs was defeated by a vote of 51-49% and state Sen. Angela Giron lost 56-44%.
Politix, and via Atlas Business Journal.