California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping package of gun control bills, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and expanding the definition of prohibited assault weapons in the wake of mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando.
The measures were expedited to the governor’s desk Thursday in hopes that he might act on them immediately.
Brown, a Democrat who has in the past vetoed some gun-control measures and signed others, hasn’t said whether he’ll sign the bills or if he’ll do so in time for Newsom to drop his ballot measure.
“The killer sprayed that nightclub with bullets”, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said during the floor debate Thursday.
Senate Bill 1446 was authored by Sen. A bullet buttons allows a shooter to quickly dislodge the magazine using the tip of a bullet or other small tool.
Ban possession of high-capacity magazines (SB 1446): Owners of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would have to sell them out of state or to licensed firearms dealers, turn them over to police, or destroy them within a year.
Ammo sales (SB 1235): Ammunition sellers would need licenses and buyers would be entered into a state database for background checks, under this bill.
– Restrict the loaning of guns without background checks to close family members.
A bill to allow individuals to petition a court for a restraining order to bar a co-worker from owning a gun was also approved.
VETOED. In his veto statement, the governor wrote the bill is “nearly identical” to an initiative already slated for the November ballot and should only appear before voters once.
Democrats who control the legislature in California had voted in favour of the bills while most Republicans had voted against.
De León’s ammunition bill, SB1235, however, was written so that if signed by the governor, as it was Friday, it would supersede Newsom’s ammunition proposal should voters approve it.
“My goal in signing these bills is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners”, Brown said in a signing message.
Meanwhile, the Assembly asked Brown to declare a state of emergency on homelessness, which he has resisted doing.
Jerry Brown has approved spending $ 2 billion to build permanent housing for homeless people with mental illnesses.
Democratic lawmakers say homelessness is a public health crisis affecting tens of thousands more people than those who will be helped with the bond.
Brown has repeatedly turned down the idea of an emergency declaration, saying local governments are best suited to address homelessness. The Assembly did not send him AB 857, so Brown took no action on that bill.
Gun control measures have always been popular with the Democratic lawmakers who control the California Senate and Assembly. The delay in passing measures known as “trailer bills” does not restrict the state’s ability to spend money.