SACRAMENTO — On Monday, California lawmakers proposed 10 new gun control bills in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.
“We owe it to our residents of California, as well as the country, to do everything in our power to protect the lives of every person in California,” said Assemblyman Mike Gipson. “So we are here to say enough is enough.”
Gipson seeks to reduce the flow of unregistered home-made weapons by adding certain items to a list that requires background checks.
Assemblyman Bill Quirk would require law enforcement agencies to put information on recovered firearms into a state database.
Assemblyman David Chiu would expand would expand California’s assault weapon definition to include high-powered semi-automatic rifles without fixed magazines, with the exception of most .22 caliber rifles.
Assemblyman Phil Ting wants to expand the ability for some to seek gun violence restraining orders.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher would not allow public agencies hosting gun buybacks to issue gift cards from retailers who sell guns.
Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio would put in place time-sensitive restraining orders if there is an immediate danger to the public — and she would impose lifetime firearm bans for those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.
Assemblyman Evan Low would remove firearms from those who have been hospitalized for suicide prevention twice in one year.
Fil-Am Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda has a bill that addresses the intersection of mental health and gun violence, while also focusing on saving as many lives as possible.
AB 19-27 will allow individuals to add themselves to the state’s Do Not Sell list if they believe to be a danger to themselves or others.
“This is a really innovative, unique approach where an individual who is having suicidal thoughts and fears for their own safety, and they feel they are a risk for themselves, can voluntarily and confidentially put themselves on the state of California’s ‘Do Not Sell’ list,” said Bonta. “And then later if they decide if they want to hurt themselves and go in to purchase a gun, they can’t because they already acted to protect themselves.”
Bonta says that a person can remove themselves from the do not sell list through a process that clears them of mental stability.
In a report from KCRA Sacramento Firearms Policy coalition spokesman Craig Deluz slammed politicians, saying they are attempting to capitalize on yet another tragedy and at the same time targeting law-abiding citizens.