Sunday, July 3, 2016

California's New Gun Law: Tough, Sensible

No, this is not the gun rack at the local high school. Yet.
For some  time now, California's gun homicide rate has been among the lowest in the nation, at least partly because it has one of the strongest gun control set of laws among the 50 states. Yesterday, Governor Moonbeam (Jerry Brown), whom the right loves to hate, signed some additional laws that will make the state even safer.

The most recent portions of the law are these (story here):
  • require an ID and background check to purchase ammunition and create a new state database of ammunition owners
  • ban possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets
  • restrict the loaning of guns without background checks to close family members
  • ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles equipped with bullet buttons allowing the ammunition magazines to be easily detached and replaced
Already on the books were these:
  • require all gun sales to go through a licensed dealer, including a background check
  • ban high-capacity ammunition magazine sales
  • limit handgun purchases to one per person per month
  • require all new handguns to be microstamped
Microstamping is easy and sensible, but it requires manufacturers to take an extra step, which, I suspect makes them howl with apoplexy. 

What does this mean to the rest of us? It means progress is possible. Not probable, because there's only one California, but certainly possible.


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