Less than a month after New York passed the strictest gun laws in the nation, California Democrats, who control the state legislature, have proposed a package of regulations that go even further.
State Senate Democrats rolled out proposals this week including outlawing the future sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and banning possession of magazines holding more than 10 bullets, even by those who now own them legally. All weapons would have to be registered. Anyone buying ammunition would need a background check and a permit. All handgun owners would have to obtain a safety certificate every year, rather than the every-five-years as a requirement for buying new guns, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
"We respect the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to have guns for hunting, for sport, for protecting their homes and families, said state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, on Thursday, the Mercury News reported. "But loopholes in California's tough gun laws have been exploited long enough."
Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, said even if the laws passed, gun rights advocates would fight them in court, Associated Press reports.
"It strikes me as if these folks are playing some sort of game of one-upsmanship with New York at the expense of law-abiding citizens, and that's just unconscionable,"