The California Senate Public Safety Committee passed several bills Tuesday pushed by Democrats hoping to tighten gun regulations in the state.

The committee passed a measure from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León that would require anyone assembling a gun to first apply for a serial number to track the weapon.

De León pushed back at critics who said the bill would hurt people who legally assemble guns as a hobby.

“Times have changed,” he said, “and when these weapons are flooding the streets and putting our law enforcement agents in jeopardy — our communities in jeopardy — we as policy makers need to step in as quickly as possible.”

The committee also passed measures related to the reporting of lost or stolen guns, expanding the definition of prohibited ammunition sales and expanding the definition of assault weapons. A bill requesting the University of California establish a firearm violence research center was approved as well.

State Sen. Loni Hancock’s bill prohibiting the possession of large capacity ammunition magazines was also approved. Hancock said incremental steps are necessary to combat firearm violence.

“Gun safety regulation seems to be plugging one small loophole after another,” she said. “There is great ingenuity in the people that want to see these firearms on our street.”

From the other side of the aisle, Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone said the regulations hurt law-abiding gun owners.

“We want to do everything we can to stop the horrific mass shootings that we’ve seen at schools, and certainly the incident in San Bernardino,” he said. “But we have to remember that criminals don’t follow the law.”

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is also backing a package of gun regulations he’s hoping will qualify for the November ballot, which includes a ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and background checks for ammunition sales.

The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association opposes Newsom’s measure and say it’s unenforceable and overreaching.

Tougher Gun Laws Advance in State Legislature 21 April,2016Katie Orr

  • Liza Lou

    This is how liberty dies….one step at a time. (PQA) Yikes.

    • Red in a Blue State

      As Sen Hancock said, incrementally. Its the Democrat playbook. Take a little each year and they won’t notice that their freedom is being eroded.

  • ben kelley

    This is how liberty is animated – by freeing a society of the threat of gun-based violence.

    • Terry

      Really? The people who are hurt by these laws and restrictions, are law abiding gun owners. Criminals don’t care about new laws passed. This isn’t going to stop or slow down crime in the slightest. It’s only to make law abiding citizens, criminals! Plus make it more difficult for those law abiding to protect their families. Taking away someone’s rights never helps anyone. Other than the people who didn’t care in the first place.

    • John

      California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country… How’s that working out?

      • Oblamermustgo

        As well as mexico’s gun ban…

    • John Galtius

      Oh, you are about as smart as a slug on salt.

  • Chakemco

    Where does it end? Next they will require anyone with a CNC machine to register it with the state simply because it is “capable” of machining a lower receiver.

  • Jim the bob

    California: the increasingly unsustainable welfare, liberal, police communist state. The revolt will not be broadcast live……

    • John Galtius

      And there will be a revolt. People in the state are at the mercy of the populations of the cities. Most notably, the parts of the population that are black and hispanic. Sadly, look at the nations they come from and the nations white people come from. The different nations of Africa are at war almost constantly… and Mexico has one of the most corrupt governments in the history of the planet. So it’s not surprise that when those two groups congregate in major cities, THIS is what happens.

  • Anon the Anon

    Doesn’t SB-1446 violate the Constitution in that it creates an ex post facto law? “This bill l would, commencing July 1, 2017, make it an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for the first offense, by a fine not to exceed $250 for the second 2nd offense, or and by a fine not to exceed $500 for the 3rd or subsequent offense, for a person to possess any large-capacity magazine, regardless of the date the magazine was acquired”.

    • John Galtius

      California is controlled by the 19060’s drug users. They don’t care about the Constitution, or legal concepts like ex-post facto… most of them wouldn’t understand the term if you asked them – I don’t think they have enough living neurons left to process the concept.

  • JohnFKennedy

    Gun control freaks will not be happy until they can ban all civilian gun ownership and give the government total control of all guns and citizens!

    • John Galtius

      They are freaks. Totally psychopathic.

  • JohnFKennedy

    “Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
    The cause of liberty, the cause of America, cannot succeed with any lesser effort.”
    – President John F. Kennedy, NRA member

    • Red in a Blue State

      JFK couldn’t win a Democrat nomination today

  • John Galtius

    Is it something in the water? I can’t understand the insanity of the brainless, half dead anti-gunners in California. You keep passing laws, and the result is more crime – which you use to pass MORE laws. You are, truly, your own worse enemy.


Katie Orr

Katie Orr is a Sacramento-based reporter for KQED's Politics and Government  Desk, covering the state Capitol and a variety of issues including women in politics, voting and elections and legislation. Prior to joining KQED in 2016, Katie was state government reporter for Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. She's also worked for KPBS in San Diego, where she covered City Hall.

Katie received her masters degree in political science from San Diego State University and holds a Bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.

In 2015 Katie won a national Clarion Award for a series of stories she did on women in California politics. She's been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists and, in 2013, was named by The Washington Post as one of the country's top state Capitol reporters.   She's also reported for the award-winning documentary series The View from Here and was part of the team that won  national PRNDI and  Gabriel Awards in 2015. She lives in Sacramento with her husband. Twitter: @1KatieOrr

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