Diverse Reactions to New California Gun Laws

California Governor Jerry Brown signed six new laws regulating guns and ammunition on Friday, July 1, 2016, adding to the state’s already most-restrictive firearms laws in the nation. At the same time, Brown vetoed five additional measures also having to do with gun control.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signed Six New Gun Control Measures into Law on July 1, 2016

The California governor explained his reasoning for signing the measures into law by saying he wanted to “enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.” Thus far, California’s tougher gun controls have resulted in fewer deaths from guns in that state, as explained by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, “Year after year, we’ve seen a powerful correlation: states with stronger laws have fewer gun deaths per capita while states with weaker laws have more gun deaths.”

The six new laws effect:

  • Limiting gun magazine capacity to 10 bullets
  • Background checks will now be required for those wishing to buy ammunition as well as identification
  • It will be a misdemeanor to file a false report about a gun being lost or stolen, something that has been done when a person legally buys a gun, then sells it privately or gives it to another individual
  • Firearms with so-called “bullet buttons” for semiautomatic weapons will be forbidden. The “bullet buttons” were developed by gun manufacturers to get around gun magazine restrictions. With the tip of a pointed object, an empty magazine could be quickly replaced with another.
  • Restrict loaning of guns to close family members without a background check

Regarding the measures Brown vetoes, some of them he set aside because they are slated for the citizens of California to determine for themselves at the ballot box in November, and at least one measure was vetoed by the governor due to what he termed vague wording that could be misconstrued in its implementation and enforcement.

Interested in knowing what the gun laws are in your state? Here’s Where Gun Laws Stand in Your State

Reactions to California’s New Gun Laws Vary

It’s not difficult to discern where most people stand on gun control in general by reading their reactions to California’s new gun laws on social media and in news accounts.

Amy Hunter, a California spokesperson for the National Rifle Association said:

“Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a Draconian gun control package that turns California’s law-abiding gun owners into second-class citizens. The governor and legislature exploited a terrorist attack to push these measures through even though the state’s already restrictive laws did nothing to stop the attack in San Bernadino.”

A legislative advocate for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Amanda Wilcox, said:

“Gun laws work. California gun sales are really high. We are not deterring law-abiding people from buying guns. We’re doing a better job of making sure dangerous people don’t have guns.”

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