Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
On the heels of an unprecedented year for gun violence prevention in California, where 10 strong gun bills were signed into law, the California legislature continues to fight for innovative new policies to strengthen the state’s gun laws. The Law Center is tracking numerous gun violence prevention measures that are moving through the California legislature in 2014. Currently, there are nine bills pending that would strengthen the state’s gun laws and could have a significant impact on the safety of the citizens of California. Three bills are pending that would weaken the state’s gun laws. There are eight other gun-related bills the Law Center is tracking and continuing to analyze as they move through the legislative process.
As the legislative session continues, the Law Center will continue to track and analyze these bills, and provide information to legislators and activists as they fight for stronger gun laws in their communities.
For more information on the status of bills in other states, visit our 2014 summary of gun bills nationwide. Here is a summary of the gun bills currently pending in California this year:
SB 53 (De Leon): Ammunition Purchase Permitting – SB 53—the Law Center’s priority bill for 2014—would require ammunition sellers to be licensed by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The bill would also require that every ammunition purchaser hold an ammunition purchase authorization issued by DOJ after it conducted a background check on the purchaser. In completing an ammunition sale, a vendor would be required to confirm that every purchaser has a valid ammunition authorization, record identifying information about the purchaser, and submit that information to DOJ. The bill would also require ammunition sales to be completed in face-to-face transactions. This provision would allow online purchases of ammunition so long as the ammunition purchased was shipped to a licensed ammunition seller to complete the transaction.
Status: This bill is in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. READ MORE »