Senate Democrats had been promising to outline a broad package of gun control legislation, and today they announced the full slate. In a press conference with leaders from across the state, including Mayors Lee and Villaraigosa, police chiefs and gun control activists, they announced the cornerstones of their work on the issue this year. Some of these already have numbers, others are still waiting to be filed.
1. Require Hand Gun Safety Certificate and Eliminate 30 Day Loan Requirement. (Marty Block, D-San Diego)
2. Clarifying that revolving shotguns are banned under California's Assault Weapons ban. (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara)
3. Prohibit the possession of large capacity ammunition magazines. (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley)
4. Allow the Department of Justice to use existing Department resources to provide enhanced enforcement of the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS). (Leno/Steinberg)
5. Ban criminals and other dangerous persons from purchasing ammunition. (Kevin De Leon - D-LA)
6. Clarify "Bullet button" assault rifles are included in assault rifle ban. (Leland Yee, D-SF)
7. Ban semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines. (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento)
While Democrats may lose a vote or two in either chamber, the big majorities mean that most of these will pass in some shape or form this session. They may be tweaked, but some large package will surely be signed into law by Gov. Brown for next year.
This list, while impressive, emphasizes the need for federal gun control legislation. We must do this together, as a nation, in a process that works to include as many as possible in the discussion. California is one piece in that discussion.