California lawmakers are upping the ante on gun control. Last week saw a flurry of gun control bills passed out of both the Senate and the Assembly, including banning virtually every new semiautomatic weapon, new registration requirements, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds (no grandfathering), requiring an annual ammunition permit, the list goes on and on.
This is bad news for our friends in the Golden State.
Passed Out of Senate
Here’s a summary of the bills that have passed out of the Senate and are awaiting committee assignment in the Assembly.
Senate Bill 47Â (Yee)Â expands the definition of â€œassault weaponsâ€ toÂ BANÂ the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the â€œbullet buttonâ€ or similar device, requires NEW â€œassault weaponâ€ registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other â€œassault weaponsâ€ restrictions.Â SB 47 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 23 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 374Â (Steinberg)Â expands the definition of “assault weapons” toÂ BANÂ the future transfer ofÂ allÂ semi-automatic riflesÂ that accept detachable magazines (including those chambered for rimfire cartridges), requires NEW “assault weapon” registration, requires registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other “assault weapon” restrictions.Â SB 374 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 23 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 396Â (Hancock)Â BANSÂ the POSSESSION of any magazine with a capacity to accept more than ten cartridges, including currently legally possessed “grandfathered large capacityâ€ magazines.Â SB 396 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 25 to 14 vote.
Senate Bill 53Â (DeLeon)Â requires persons to buy an annual ammunition purchase permit, requires the registration and thumbprint of the purchaser for each ammunition purchase, and bans online and mail order sales of ammunition to Californians.Â SB 53 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 23 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 293Â (DeSaulnier)Â BANSÂ the sale of conventional handguns, if theÂ stateÂ Department of Justice approves the sale of â€œOwner Authorized â€“ Smartâ€ handgun technology. SB 293 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 22 to 14 vote.
Senate Bill 299Â (DeSaulnier) turns victims of firearm theft into criminals for failing to report the loss of their firearm within an arbitrarily allotted amount of time.Â SB 299 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 24 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 567Â (Jackson)Â expands the definition of shotgun for â€œshort-barreled shotgunsâ€ that are illegal to own with a new definition so flawed it can include reclassify handguns shooting “Shot-shells” as shotguns.Â SB 567 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 22 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 755Â (Wolk)Â expands the list of persons prohibited from owning a firearm, including persons who have operated cars and boats while they are impaired commonly referred to as DUI.Â SB 755 passed in the state Senate by aÂ 25 to 12 vote.
Passed Out of Assembly
Here’s a summary of the bills that have passed out of Assembly and are waiting for committee assignment is the Senate.
Assembly Bill 48Â (Skinner) BANS the sale of magazine parts kits that can hold more than ten cartridges, and requires mandatory reporting of law-abiding citizens who purchase more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition with a five-day period.Â AB 48 passed in the state Assembly by aÂ 45 to 26 vote.
Assembly Bill 169Â (Dickinson) BANS the sale ofÂ handguns not on theÂ state-approved roster. Â This would BAN the sale ofÂ millions of used handgunsÂ currently owned byÂ Californians.Â AB 169 passed in the state Assembly by aÂ 43 to 27 vote.
Assembly Bill 180Â (Bonta) repeals California’s firearm preemption law by granting Oakland an exemption to enact unique laws regarding possession, registration, licensingÂ and subjecting gun owners to unknowing criminal liability when travelling through Oakland.Â AB 180 passed in the state Assembly by aÂ 46 to 29 vote.