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California's Gun Laws Get Tougher

July 05, 2016  | 

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a half-dozen gun-control measures into law Friday, adding sharp teeth to a set of California laws already considered the nation's toughest, reports the Orange County Register.

His signature drew praise from liberal leaders who sought tighter restrictions in the wake of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino, CA, terrorist attack and other mass shootings, and criticism from conservatives who complained Sacramento was eroding Second Amendment rights.

Among the bills Brown approved was Senate Bill 1446, which bans possession of magazines with the capacity to hold more than 10 rounds and requires people who already have them to turn them in to authorities.

Among other things, the legislation also outlaws assault rifles that have something called a bullet button, which enables gun operators to quickly change magazines, and mandates background checks when guns are loaned to someone other than a close relative. Background checks also will be mandatory for ammunition purchases.

In any event, law enforcement agencies across Southern California are preparing to enforce the new laws, no matter what officials might think of them.

"We respect the legislation that has been passed," said Lt. Mark Stichter, spokesman for the Orange County (CA) Sheriff's Department. "We will uphold those laws and enforce them.

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Federali @ 7/5/2016 5:29 PM

This is why we can’t trust politicians. 1) They lie: About 20 years ago, when they said we couldn’t get any more mags that hold more than 10 rounds, whether they were "standard" or extended, we didn’t have to get rid of the ones we have, we just couldn’t get any more. Now, they’re telling us they changed their minds and we have to get rid of our property. 2) They legislate on things they know nothing about: They didn’t want people to be able to rapidly reload a rifle, so the bullet button was born as a way of slowing down reloads compared to a standard magazine release button. Now they’re saying a bullet button allows a rapid reload! If that’s the case, why hasn’t the military or law enforcement adopted them? Then, to really show he was born anencephalic, right after signing those, Gov Moonbeam vetoes legislation that would make the theft of ANY gun a felony, like it was. Now, with that veto, only the theft of a gun valued at $950 or more is a felony! Can't wait to retire and move!

John retired IA PD @ 7/5/2016 9:47 PM

The only ones that will turn in the magazines that hold more than 10 rounds will be the law abiding citizens. I doubt that any criminals will turn them in. If he gets away with this, I wonder what he will do next to deprive the law abiding of their rights. Will a person have to pass a background check each time they purchase a box of shotgun shells to shoot skeet?

OK then @ 7/6/2016 6:20 AM

Erroneous gun control laws are all the rage these days. How there are any gun enthusiasts left in places like California is shocking. New York is just as bad. If my department didn't have residency requirements I would gladly commute 2 hours a day from the mountains of Pennsylvania.

AZBIGDOG @ 7/6/2016 9:25 AM

I am currently retired. I have seen firearms used in many different homicides and assaults. I have had them pointed at me and I have heard them shot. In my career I attempted to always obey the lawful orders of my supervisors. I however do not believe that these laws are constitutional and in essence are violations of the freedoms of US citizens. I do not live in kalifa and hope never to have my home state become like them. For all the officers that are in kalifa, if you blindly follow the orders of the politicians and your supervisors you will be no better than the criminals that you arrest every day. The leftist politicians are again removing freedoms from you as officers and they are eroding bit by bit the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. If you are so set on having that done, then you need to turn in all of your own magazines and semi-auto rifles, both personal and owned by the department you serve. Please pay attention to what the politicians have done, they have essentially placed themselves above the people and said they are better than them and you. They have even, so I have heard, exempted themselves from the laws you are set on enforcing on the people you swore to protect and serve.

Tom A @ 7/7/2016 7:04 AM

I'm not Californian, but Texas welcomes all good Americans. You Californians are coming here in droves due to the hypocrisy of most of our gov officials--AND, no state income taxes...

The article above is proof that your senators believe themselves to be above their constituents, and they do not represent the people without first representing themselves. Good luck good people of CA.

Retired MP @ 5/4/2017 3:00 AM

Honestly, if they wanted to actually effect the attacks, then they should just go ahead and make the maximum round count 5. However, if they want anarchy to make it's way into the crowd, then make the round count however much your gun can shoot!

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