Just days after a mass murder that left 49 dead in Orlando, dual Public Safety committees in the California legislature advanced nearly a dozen gun control measures.
The host of proposals, six Senate measures debated in the Assembly and five Assembly bills likewise heard in the Senate, all passed in Democrat-heavy votes with witnesses from the Brady Campaign and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence supplied by the bill sponsors.
The agenda was spearheaded by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored several of the bills personally and is seeking to move the legislative package as a whole to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to beat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pending gun violence ballot initiative to the punch.
De Leon kicked off nearly four-hours of testimony in the Assembly Public Safety Committee by speaking about his contentious legislation to regulate ammo sales in the state by requiring a background check and fee for every bullet purchase.
“You can walk out of LA County Jail, you can walk out of San Quentin, you can walk out of a mental institution and buy all the ammunition you like– no questions asked,” said De Leon. “That is the rule of the land in the state of California. This blind eye approach is putting ammunition in the hands of killers.”
The measures heard in the Senate include: