Jerry Brown on Gun Control
Include semiautomatic pistols in unsafe handgun law
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a gun control measure eliminating an exemption for certain semiautomatic pistols from California's unsafe handgun law, Brown's office announced. Assembly Bill 1964 is designed to limit the exemption for single-shot pistols
from the state's unsafe handgun roster, excluding semiautomatic pistols altered to not fire in semiautomatic mode.
Gun control advocates argued the exemption allowed gun dealers to sell temporarily altered single-shot pistols to people who could
convert them back into semiautomatic weapons that do not comply with state safety requirements. The California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, which opposed the bill, said it will "further narrow California's already onerous and overly
burdensome 'not unsafe' handgun roster and eliminate more firearms from the non-peace officer marketplace," according to a legislative analysis.
The bill passed the Legislature largely on partisan lines, with Democrats in support & Republicans opposed.
Source: Sacramento Bee on 2014 California governor race
, Jul 18, 2014
Pushed back against liberals on gun control
Brown has established himself as a moderating force in Sacramento, pushing back against liberals on issues such as gun control and business regulation, which, to some, suggests an effort to shed the kooky
Left Coast image of his first time as governor, more than 20 years ago, and craft a more centrist profile ahead of 2016.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Politics Now: Brown 2016"
, Dec 17, 2013
Ban hunting with lead bullets; but detachable magazines OK
Brown approved 11 firearms measures that are designed to tighten controls on weapons and ammunition in California. The governor vetoed 7 gun-related bills, including one that would have outlawed semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, one that
would have allowed Oakland to create its own registry of gun owners, and another that would have essentially prevented the Cow Palace from hosting gun shows. The 18 firearms-related bills on the governor's desk were crafted in the wake of December's
Newtown CT elementary school massacre. Among the gun-related bills signed by the governor:
Source: SFGate.com on 2014 California governor's race
, Oct 12, 2013
- AB711 bans hunting with lead bullets
- SB683 will require people who buy rifles and shotguns to first pass a written firearm safety test
- AB170 requires
assault weapon permits to be issued to individuals, rather than to corporations or other groups.
- AB1131 extends from 6 months to 5 years the period during which a person who threatens violence is prohibited from purchasing a firearm.
Ban large-capacity kits, but veto other gun restrictions
Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:
- Existing law defines as assault weapon as a semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, or a semiautomatic weapon that has a fixed magazine with a
capacity to accept 10 or more rounds.
- This bill would add to that definition a semiautomatic centerfire rifle without a fixed magazine even if it accepts fewer than 10 rounds.
Status: (with 2 additional bills voted & vetoed in same week)
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 374 & AB 48
, Oct 11, 2013
- 9/10/13: SB-374: wider definition of assault weapons: Passed House 44-31-3, passed Senate 21-15-3, Vetoed by governor
- 9/11/13: AB 48: Banning large capacity magazine conversion kits; Passed House 46-30-2, passed Senate 22-14-3,
Approved by the Governor.
- 9/12/13: SB 755: 10-year prohibition on firearm purchases by people convicted of crimes (expanding list to include more misdemeanors); Passed House 45-28-5, passed Senate 25-12-2, Vetoed by governor
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