Wins and losses for the 2nd amendment in California on Sept 28, when Governor Jerry Brown vetoed three anti-gun bills but signed two others.
Senate Bill 1177
1177 prohibits a person from making more then one application to purchase any type of firearm within 30 days. California already has a law in place limiting the purchase of more then one handgun per month, but this bill sought to extend that reach to shotguns and rifles as well.
Assembly Bill 2888
This bill focused on expanding the list of those who are allowed to file gun violence restraining orders. The old list only allowed immediate family members and law enforcement to file the restraining order, but Bill 2888 tried to expand the list to include employers, coworkers and employees of a secondary or post-secondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months.
Gov. Brown said of his reason for the veto:
“All of the persons named in this bill can seek a gun violence restraining order today under existing law by simply working through law enforcement or the immediate family of the concerning individual. I think law enforcement professionals and those closest to a family member are best situated to make these especially consequential decisions.”
Senate Bill 221
Bill 221 sought to prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace, and indoor arena for hosting sports teams, stock shows, and gun shows.
Although Gov. Brown vetoed some anti-gun bills, he did however, sign some into law.
Senate Bill 1100
1100 raises the legal age for purchasing a rifle or shotgun from age 18 as it is nationally, to the age of 21. The same age required to purchase a pistol. According to the LA times, State Sen. Anthony Portantino, the author of Bill 1100, said the grief of family members of victims from the Parkland School Shooting moved him write the bill. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and staff members on Feb 14 this year with an AR-15. Portantino said:
“I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses. No parent should have to worry that a gun gets in the wrong hands and commits a heinous and violent tragedy on our school campuses.”
Cities which supported this bill were: Los Angeles, Duarte, La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Signal Hill, Burbank, Pasadena, Thousand Oaks, Norwalk and Carson.
According to the NRA website, the NRA, “ … is continuing to fight for you and will be exploring potential legal action, similar to litigation being pursued in Florida, challenging the constitutionality of a prohibition of firearm purchases for young adults.”
Assembly Bill 2103
This Bill requires concealed carry permit holders to:
- Attend a course on firearms instruction consisting of safety, handling, shooting and gun law totaling at least 8 hours.
- Participate in live fire shooting exercises and prove proficiency in handling and safety.
- Attend an additional 4 hours of instruction if renewing a CCW permit.
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