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PROPOSED FIREARM LEGISLATION

I have received hundreds of emails and letters that either support or oppose proposed gun legislation that has been introduced in the state Senate.

Given the high interest and to help inform the residents of Senate District 15, I have gathered those firearm-related bills on this webpage with links to either the bills or the fact sheets that have been distributed. My staff with be periodically updating this page with fresh information after it becomes available.

Because legislative bills of this complexity are often amended many times, I am reserving judgment on them at this point until I can read the final versions of these bills when they come before me for a vote.

Finally, I want to make clear I have long supported improving and increasing funding for mental health programs to not only help people with mental disorders lead productive lives but to also prevent senseless acts of violence.

To share your thoughts with me, click here. I am interested in your ideas about how the state can reduce gun violence to prevent tragedies such as those that have taken place at Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo. Your opinions play an instrumental role in my decision-making.

REGULATION: Closing loopholes in existing laws
•    Fixed magazines (Steinberg): Prohibits the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer in California of semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines. This legislative action decisively closes the loopholes that have allowed the gun industry to flood our communities with rapid-reload battlefield weapons.

•    High Capacity magazines (Hancock): Bans possession of large capacity ammunition magazines over 10 rounds. This legislative action decisively closes loopholes that have allowed the gun industry to enable the assembly and home-modification of 10-round magazines into larger capacity magazines.

•    Bullet button (Yee): Closes the loophole that has allowed the gun industry to flood our communities with modification tools to rapidly detach and replace magazines from semi-automatic rifles.

•    Shotgun Definition (Jackson):  Updates the definition of a banned shotgun with a revolving cylinder to include the new technology of a shotgun-rifle combination.

CIRCULATION: Keeping weapons and ammunition in the hands of responsible gun owners.
•    Requires Ownership Record of all Guns (Steinberg): Applies ownership records consistently across-the-board, ensuring all firearms are recorded, and ensuring that no firearms of any classification are legally accessible to prohibited persons or persons without a background check.

•    Ammunition Purchase Permit (de Leon): Requires anyone wishing to purchase ammunition in California to obtain a purchase permit first, by passing a full and complete background check. These programs already exist in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

•    Gun Loans (Block): Prevents unregulated gun loans, with exceptions, including hunting. To limit legal accessibility of weapons to prohibited persons or persons without a background check.

•    APPS Expansion (Leno): Prohibits individuals on the Armed Prohibitive Persons Systems list from residing in a home with any weapons. Expands the APPS list by adding more than two DUIs, other crimes.

•    APPS Enforcement (Leno/Steinberg): Authorizes state Department of Justice to use existing Dealers' Records of Sales funding to eliminate the 19,000 backlog of individuals on APPS.

EDUCATION: Fostering a culture of responsible and informed gun ownership.
•    Fire arm safety certificate (Block): Establishes a safety certificate for handguns, mirroring the training currently required annually to lawfully carry a concealed weapon (CCW).