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Gun Control Legislation Announced By State Senate Dem Leaders

Bills aim to reduce gun violence throughout California.

A group of state senate democrats, law enforcement officials, and gun safety advocates announced this week in Sacramento a set of bills aiming to reduce gun violence throughout the state.

The legislative package includes bills that propose closing loopholes in existing gun regulations, banning the circulation of firearms and ammunition from dangerous people, keeping weapons in the hands of responsible gun users, and strengthening education about safe gun ownership.

The 10 state legislative actions were introduced Thursday in seven bill proposals, including bills authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo.

Yee has proposed a bill that would require assault weapons to have a 10-round limit and to only have fixed magazines that must be reloaded one-by-one from the top of the weapon.

Another bill would require guns to be properly stored in a lock box when the owner is not present.

Yee also plans to introduce legislation affecting county programs that work with dangerous mentally ill patients.

State leaders unveiled these and other proposals hoping to create tougher gun laws in the wake of the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December.

Since the mass shooting, President Obama has called on Congress to pass measures to reduce gun violence including implementing universal background checks, banning military-style assault weapons and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Mike Calahan February 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
It's a step in the right direction.
Bob Rosenthal February 10, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I wonder if anyone has taken the time to go to Templar Sports, picked up a copy of the HSC (Handgun Safety Certificate) booklet and read it. I'm sure the folks at Templar Sports would be more than happy to give one to anyone that wants to take the time and read it and become a little more educated in the safe handling of a handgun. Or, go to http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/ and scroll down to "Forms and Publications".
Matt Gomez February 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM
This makes no damn sense lets punish law abiding gun owners for the all the crazy people guns are not the problem mentally ill are 99 % of all guns used in crimes are illegal or stolen. How would a bullet tax help besides making it harder for responsible gun owners to go out and fire off some round for fun.
Cindy February 11, 2013 at 02:18 AM
something needs to be done, and i love the idea of taxing the sales of guns and accessories. not happy w a gun store in town, not happy to learn most of my neighbors have guns and especially, not happy to not have gun conversations w my kids. not afraid of guns or people which is why we don't have guns. trust life and love los gatos, but not happy w the town council!!!
KMD February 11, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I grew up with lots of guns in my house. My dad taught us to have a healthy respect for those guns. He took all five of his kids to the shooting range and taught us how to shoot. I had a lot of fond memories of those days with him. If I hadn't had that experience I probably would be in the "guns are bad" crowd too.
Susan Silver February 13, 2013 at 04:17 AM
I believe we need a change. And I like not selling military assault rifles. But I believe we have a bigger problem people are not addressing. It is not the guns we need to worry about. It is our Health Care system once again, that makes people with emotional problems, or worse almost impossible to get quality care. Where are those bills?
Tim February 13, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I am in favor of reducing violence: I am not in favor of making criminals out of good people: I am NOT in favor of this legislation. Something must be done: but they should be the correct things. Doing the wrong thing and thinking it will solve the problem is worse than doing nothing!
Phillip Salfen February 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Some of the, and in some areas THE, most restrictive laws of any of the 50 states and the maroons (thanks Bugs) want MORE?!?!?! SANTA MARIA! Nothing like "We the Government", rather than "We the People".

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