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May 6, 2013

I think the City Council might spend its time and resources better supporting statewide gun control legislation than pondering what local ordinances might be adopted.

Tom Butt

From Chief Magnus:

I know the Council is interested in violence reduction efforts, including gun control measures.  I have attached a copy of the New York Times editorial about recent CA gun legislation that was just signed by Governor Brown, as well as some additional legislation that is under legislative consideration related to gun control.  Obviously, legislators are always interested in the perspective of Richmond community/elected leaders on these and other proposed pieces of gun-related legislation.

Chief Magnus

CA Senate LIFE (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement) Act Bills:
SB 47 (Yee) Strengthens CA’s assault weapons ban by closing the bullet button loophole that allows for easily exchangeable magazines.
SB 53 (De Leon) Requires a background check and a permit to purchase ammunition.
SB 140 (Leno) Appropriates $24 million to disarm prohibited persons known to be in possession of firearms. (signed)
SB 374 (Steinberg) Simplifies and strengthens California’s assault weapons law by prohibiting future sale of long guns with exchangeable ammunition magazines that enable rapid reload.
SB 396 (Hancock) Bans possession of large capacity (greater than 10 rounds) ammunition magazines.
SB 567 (Jackson) Bans rifled bore shotguns with high capacity revolving ammunition cylinders.
SB 683 (Block) Expands the Handgun Safety Certificate program to include all firearms.
SB 755 (Wolk) Expands the list of misdemeanor categories that carry a ten year prohibition from firearm possession.


Real Gun Control From Sacramento

Published: May 5, 2013

A continent removed from Washington’s shameful resistance to new gun controls, California has just enacted a law that will speed up the confiscation of firearms from an estimated 20,000 people who bought them legally but were later disqualified because of a conviction for a violent crime, a finding of mental illness or a restraining order for domestic violence. The law, signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown after passage by the Democrat-controlled Legislature, is a sign that enlightened lawmaking unhindered by gun lobby scare tactics and Capitol Hill filibustering is possible in American politics.
The law allocates $24 million to hire 36 state agents specifically assigned to confiscating, over the next three years, an estimated 39,000 handguns and 1,670 assault weapons now in the hands of potentially dangerous Californians. A confiscation law has been on the books in Sacramento for six years, but enforcement has languished because of budget shortages, with the list of disqualified gun owners growing at the rate of 15 to 20 a day. The allocation of revenue required a two-thirds vote of approval, which the Legislature’s supermajority of Democrats delivered.
The gun lobby was smart enough not to oppose a law to take guns from convicted criminals and the mentally ill. It did, however, unsuccessfully challenge the financing mechanism, which will tap gun owners’ registration fees to pay for the program. In another burst of common sense, pro-gun Republicans were rebuffed in their simplistic proposal to authorize the arming of schoolteachers as a response to the shooting rampage in Connecticut in December that killed 20 children and six school staff members.
Instead, the Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee used 5-to-2 party-line votes to advance a series of proposals to strengthen the state’s already respectable gun controls, including a requirement for background checks and licenses for ammunition buyers, and a proposal that would deny gun ownership to people who abuse alcohol and drugs. Final enactment of these proposals would be a further sign of California’s leadership on gun safety measures that most of the nation can only envy.