Gun Bills Approved, Vetoed by Governor

Eleven pieces of legislation include measures that require gun owners to keep their weapons safely locked away when sharing home with someone prohibited from owning gun due to criminal record or mental conditions.

M1 Garand 8-round clip, M14 20-round magazine, AR-15/M16 20- and 30-round magazines. Courtesy Wikimedia
M1 Garand 8-round clip, M14 20-round magazine, AR-15/M16 20- and 30-round magazines. Courtesy Wikimedia
—By Bay City News Service

Gov. Jerry Brown signed gun control bills Friday including measures from Bay Area legislators imposing new storage and background check requirements, but vetoed others that would have allowed new gun laws in Oakland and restricted gun shows at the Cow Palace.

The 11 gun bills signed by Brown on Friday included AB 500 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, which requires gun owners to keep guns safely locked away when they are sharing a home with someone who is prohibited from owning a gun due to a criminal record or mental conditions.

"This bill just helps ensure that only law-abiding gun owners have access to weapons," Ammiano said of the bill. "California has strong laws to keep people safe from gun violence. AB 500 improves those rules in a couple of additional areas."

A bill Brown signed Friday from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, also imposes new requirements for the safe storage of firearms, while two bills by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, address large capacity magazines and increased gun ownership limits for those who have made threats of violence.

Brown also vetoed a number of gun control bills Friday, however, including one from Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, that would have allowed the City of Oakland to impose gun laws more restrictive than state laws.

In addition, Brown vetoed a bill by state Sen. Mark Leno that would have required the Cow Palace board of directors to get permission from local authorities for gun shows in the Daly City venue.

"I encourage all District Agricultural Associations to work with their local communities when determining their operations and events," Brown said in his veto message for the bill.

"This bill, however, totally pre-empts the Board of Directors at the Cow Palace from exercising its contracting authority whenever a gun show is involved," Brown said. "I prefer to leave these decisions to the sound discretion of the board."

Brown also vetoed a bill from state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, that would have required gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons.

Brown noted that he vetoed a similar bill last year and remained skeptical that the bill would change people's behaviors.

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Jess B. Guy October 12, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Most firearms laws have little to do with crime prevention. They are designed to eliminate the private possession of firearms by honest people. That is the goal of the anti-gun crowd. They argue "reasonable" but really mean confiscation. I applaud the governor for vetoing those bills. His signing of the other anti-firearms bills hurt, especially the one which bans lead ammo for hunting. It serves no purpose. Next year the anti's will want ban lead ammo completely. It nevers ends - hence eternal vigilance in the name of liberty.
Bob Rosenthal October 12, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I think Brown did a good job. To see the bills and why Brown either signed or vetoed, go to http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2013/10/california-anti-gunhunting-bills-are-both-signed-into-law-and-vetoed-by-governor-brown-today.aspx?s=&st=&ps=
Al Nymous October 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Criminals don't abide to our laws. Hence they are a criminal. Actually, any laws that remove the means for a law-abiding citizen to protect him/her self will cause greater vulnerability for a criminal to act.
Jess B. Guy October 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Agreed. I spent almost 30 years as a federal agent. Laws applicable to the use of firearms in violent crimes are practical. Laws outlawing magazines, thumbhole stocks, so called "unsafe handguns", etc., are political pandering, and a threat to liberty. We've recently seen in Los Gatos passage of a set of firearms laws which are designed to destroy one business. None of the laws passed address crime, none of the laws passed address safety, none of then laws passed are sensible. An empty Coca-Cola bottle now becomes a destructive device. Political pandering.


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