California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed legislation that goes into effect July 1, 2017 that bans “high-capacity magazines” – those with the capacity to hold more than ten rounds.
Governor Brown stated that his goal in signing these bills “is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
The law addressing high-capacity magazines – SB 1446 – makes these stipulations:
A person who, prior to July 1, 2017, legally possesses a large-capacity magazine shall dispose of that magazine by any of the following means:
(1) Remove the large-capacity magazine from the state.
(2) Prior to July 1, 2017, sell the large-capacity magazine to a licensed firearms dealer.
(3) Destroy the large-capacity magazine.
(4) Surrender the large-capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction.
In addition to the high-capacity magazine ban, Governor Brown also signed legislation requiring background checks for ammo purchases – a backdoor to finding out who is in possession of “illegal guns.”
Amanda Wilcox with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence called the ammo background check law “bold and far-reaching” and said that it would have the “potential to save a lot of lives.”
“It can give us a handle on who has illegal guns in the state, as well as limiting access to ammunition by dangerous people who may have illegal guns,” she said.
But the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) spokeswoman Amy Hunter [an apt last name] didn’t see these gun control measures as having any potential to save lives. In a public statement, Hunter said: “The Governor and Legislature exploited a terrorist attack to push these measure through even though the state’s already-restrictive laws did nothing to stop the attack in San Bernardino.”
Ironically, it was right after the mass murder in San Bernardino that Senator Barbara Boxer commented that California is living proof that gun control works. “Sensible gun laws work. We’ve proven it in California,” she told reporters. I think she meant that California is proof that gun control laws don’t work.
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