Friday, July 1, 2016

California will now require an ID and background check for ammunition purchases

The Legislature approved 12 bills on Thursday. One of the bills, which would have required a unique serial number or other official seal before assembling a firearm, was not immediately sent to Brown’s desk.

Bills Brown signed:

  • ▪ Assembly Bill 1511, by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, requiring that the infrequent loans of a firearm be made only to family members.
  • ▪ Senate Bill 880, co-authored by Hall and Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, and Assembly Bill 1135, Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, amending the definition of assault weapons to include semi-automatic rifles with magazines that can be detached with a bullet button.
  • ▪ Assembly Bill 1695, by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, expanding the existing misdemeanor of making a false report to law enforcement to include that a firearm has been lost or stolen, and imposing a 10-year ban on owning a firearm for people convicted of making a false report.
  • ▪ Senate Bill 1235, de León, creating a new regulatory framework for purchasing and selling ammunition.
  • ▪ Senate Bill 1446, Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, banning possession of high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

Bills Brown vetoed:

  • ▪ Assembly Bill 1176, by Cooper, which would have put an initiative on the ballot to clarify that stealing a firearm is felony grand theft.
  • ▪ Assembly Bill 1674, by Santiago, which would have extended the limit on handguns of one purchase per month to long guns.
  • Brown said in a veto message that the regulation “would have the effect of burdening lawful citizens who wish to sell certain firearms that they no longer need.”
  • ▪ Assembly Bill 2607, by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, which would have expanded the list of people who are able to petition for gun violence restraining orders to include employers, co-workers, and mental health and school workers who had contact with the subject in the past six months.

In a veto message, Brown said expanding the list would be “premature.”

  • ▪ Senate Bill 894, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, which would have made it an infraction to fail to report the theft or loss of a stolen firearm.

In a veto message, Brown noted that he vetoed similar messages in 2012 and 2013 “because I did not believe that a measure of this type would help identify gun traffickers or enable law enforcement to disarm people prohibited from having guns.

“I continue to believe that responsible people report the loss or theft of a firearm and irresponsible people do not; it is not likely that this bill would change that.”

▪ Assembly Bill 1673, by Gipson, which would have expanded the definition of “firearm” to curb homemade weapons created without serial numbers, or “ghost guns.”