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 47 (Yee) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the “bullet button” or similar device, requires NEW “assault weapon” 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 weapons” restrictions. SB 47 passed in the state Senate by a 23 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 374 (Steinberg) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future transfer of all semi-automatic rifles 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. SB 374 passed in the state Senate by a 23 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 396 (Hancock) BANS the POSSESSION of any magazine with a capacity to accept more than ten cartridges, including currently legally possessed “grandfathered large capacity” magazines. SB 396 passed in the state Senate by a 25 to 14 vote.
Senate Bill 53 (DeLeon) 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. SB 53 passed in the state Senate by a 23 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 293 (DeSaulnier) BANS the sale of conventional handguns, if the state Department of Justice approves the sale of “Owner Authorized – Smart” handgun technology. SB 293 passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 14 vote.
Senate Bill 299 (DeSaulnier) turns victims of firearm theft into criminals for failing to report the loss of their firearm within an arbitrarily allotted amount of time. SB 299 passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 567 (Jackson) expands the definition of shotgun for “short-barreled shotguns” that are illegal to own with a new definition so flawed it can include reclassify handguns shooting “Shot-shells” as shotguns. SB 567 passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 15 vote.
Senate Bill 755 (Wolk) 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. SB 755 passed in the state Senate by a 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 48 (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. AB 48 passed in the state Assembly by a 45 to 26 vote.
Assembly Bill 169 (Dickinson) BANS the sale of handguns not on the state-approved roster. This would BAN the sale of millions of used handguns currently owned by Californians. AB 169 passed in the state Assembly by a 43 to 27 vote.
Assembly Bill 180 (Bonta) repeals California’s firearm preemption law by granting Oakland an exemption to enact unique laws regarding possession, registration, licensing and subjecting gun owners to unknowing criminal liability when travelling through Oakland. AB 180 passed in the state Assembly by a 46 to 29 vote.