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Gun, ammo bills pending in the Calif. Legislature

Lawmakers have introduced or plan to introduce the following bills seeking further restrictions on guns and ammunition this year:

— AJR5, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, is a resolution urging the president and Congress to pass U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation prohibiting the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

— AB48, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, requires ammunition sellers to be licensed and ammunition buyers to have and show valid identification, similar to those covering gun sales. Sales of large amounts of ammunition to an individual buyer within a five-day period would have to be reported to local law enforcement agencies. Bans “clip kits” that can convert approved ammunition feeding device into large-capacity magazines, defined as a magazine that can hold more than 10 bullets.

— AB134, Assemblymen Dan Logue, R-Linda, and Allan Mansoor, R-Costa Mesa, bans counties from making public the telephone numbers and addresses of people holding or applying for concealed weapons permits. Authorities could still release the names of those who have a permit. The bill responds to a New York state newspaper’s recent publishing of the names and addresses of legal gun owners.

— AB169, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, prohibits peace officers and members of the military from selling handguns that are not on the Department of Justice’s list of approved weapons to buyers who are not also peace officers and members of the military and thus are not eligible to own the handguns. A similar previous bill, AB2460, was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. Both bills respond to a federal indictment charging two Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies with selling such weapons for a profit.

— AB170, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, restricts permits for assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles to individuals. Current law allows permits to be held by corporations, associations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

— AB174, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, removes prior ownership, or “grandfather” clauses, from state laws prohibiting the possession of various weapons. Current law allows ownership of weapons that were possessed prior to the ban under certain conditions.

— AB180, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, establishes an unspecified tax on ammunition sold in retail stores and gun shows and devotes the additional revenue toward crime prevention efforts in high-crime areas of the state.

— AB231, Assemblymen Philip Ting, D-San Francisco, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, requires gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons.

— AB232, Assemblyman Philip Ting, D-San Francisco, gives a state income-tax credit of up to $1,000 to anyone who turns in a firearm during a local gun buyback program. The amount of the credit would be determined based on the value of the weapon.

— SB47, by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, prohibits the use of so-called bullet buttons and other devices that allow for swift reloading of military-style assault weapons.

— SB49, by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, requires public schools statewide to prepare and update their emergency response plans in case of an attack. A similar bill, SB755, died in committee last year.

— SB53, by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, increases restrictions on purchasing ammunition by requiring buyers to get a permit, undergo a background check and pay a fee.

— SB108, by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, requires all guns to be properly stored with a trigger lock or in a lock box when the owner is not present. Current law requires owners to have a trigger lock or safety lock box but doesn’t require the safety device to be used.

— SB140, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, lets the state Department of Justice use reserve funds to reduce a backlog in confiscating weapons from individuals who bought them legally but were later convicted of a crime, treated for mental illness or subjected to domestic violence court orders.

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Senate Democrats also plan to introduce bills this month that would:

—Ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines.

—Ban possession of magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

—Update the definition of a shotgun to include a shotgun-rifle combination.

— Require registration of all firearms.

— Regulate the loaning of firearms.

— Prohibit felons and the mentally ill from living in residences where weapons are located.

— Create a safety training certificate for handgun owners.


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