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California Governor Signs Gun Control Bills Into Law
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=19729"><span class="small">Brendan O'Brien, Reuters </span></a>   
Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:50

O'Brien writes: "California Governor Jerry Brown signed several gun control bills into law on Friday, including one measure that raises the minimum age for buying rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21."

Jerry Brown. (photo: Courtesy Photo)
Jerry Brown. (photo: Courtesy Photo)

California Governor Signs Gun Control Bills Into Law

By Brendan O'Brien, Reuters

30 September 18


alifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed several gun control bills into law on Friday, including one measure that raises the minimum age for buying rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21.

The new laws come seven months after a gunman opened fire with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 14 students and three adults, the second-deadliest mass shooting at a public school in U.S. history.

The rampage, which authorities say was carried out by a former student who was 19, has spurred unprecedented activism by victims and their families to prevent future gun violence and demanding stricter gun control across the United States.

California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. State Senator Anthony Portantino, the Democrat lawmaker who wrote the bill, said the rampage in Florida along with other shootings at high schools motivated him.

“No parent should have to worry that a gun gets in the wrong hands and commits a heinous and violent tragedy on our school campuses,” he said in a statement.

The new California laws, which go into effect Jan. 1, exempt law enforcement officers and military service members.

Federal law already prohibits people younger than 21 from buying a handgun from a licensed firearms dealer.

Brown also signed legislation that bans firearm possession for people convicted of serious domestic violence charges along with people who have been hospitalized for mental health problems more than once in one year.

He did not comment on the legislation. vHe also signed a bill that makes it easier for family members and police to take firearms and ammunition away from people who are believed to be a threat to commit violence.

Three weeks after the shooting in Parkland, Florida lawmakers raised the legal age for buying rifles and imposed a three-day waiting period on all gun sales.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) responded by filing a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the new Florida laws, saying they violated Americans’ constitutional rights.

“We will continue to oppose gun control measures that only serve to punish law abiding citizens,” wrote Daniel Reid, the director of the NRA in California, in a letter to state lawmakers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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+4 # Working Class 2018-10-01 08:45
I am a gun owner. I have several hand guns, long rifles and shotguns. They are all in my safe away from my grandchildren and anyone else who I don't want laying their hands on them. I have lived in California for over twenty years and during that time I have legally bought several handguns. The wait period has not "punished" me as claimed by the NRA. What the wait period has done is allowed enough time to allow a sensible background check. If the wait period has kept guns out of the hands of one person who has no business having a gun, it is worth it. NRA sponsored the training I received that taught me how to safely handle guns when I was fourteen years old. I am seventy now. Since those days the NRA has morphed into a whore for the gun industry.
+3 # PCPrincess 2018-10-01 10:17
Thank you for taking the time to represent one of the many responsible gun owners who believes that sensible gun regulations are not only a good thing, but required in society. Human beings are FAR from a perfect species.