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Gun Control Bill Approved

Measure would ban kits that convert guns into assault-type weapons

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

A bill authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would ban kits that convert guns into assault-type weapons was approved in a state Assembly concurrence vote Wednesday and has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assembly Bill 48, which passed by a vote of 43-30, also would make it illegal to buy large-capacity magazines that allow people to fire multiple bullets quickly without reloading.

Skinner said assault weapons are banned under California law but people can get around that by buying a conversion kit that allows them to take a gun cartridge out and put in a high-capacity magazine that turns a gun into an assault-style weapon.

She said those type of weapons were used in mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz., in recent years.

Skinner said in a statement, "Large capacity magazines have no place on our streets. We have some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation but California's laws are easily undermined by these blatant loopholes."

AB 48 is the third gun control measure authored or co-authored by Skinner to be sent to Brown for his signature.

He has until Oct. 13 to sign all three measures.

On Tuesday, an Assembly concurrence vote approved AB 1131, which would extend the time period a person who makes a credible threat of violence is prohibited from owning firearms from six months to five years.

Skinner said at a news conference in Oakland on Monday that she thinks such a ban would prevent tragedies such as a shooting at Oikos University in Oakland in April 2011 in which suspect One Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for allegedly killing seven people and wounding three others.

A judge suspended legal proceedings against Goh in January and said he's not competent to stand trial after two psychiatrists said he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Last Friday, legislators approved AB 180, which was co-authored by Skinner and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, which would pre-empt state law and provide Oakland with additional tools to more strictly regulate the registration and licensing of firearms.

Skinner's spokeswoman, Tracy Morales, said today that Brown, who formerly served as Oakland's mayor, hasn't indicated whether he will sign the gun control bills.

"It's wait and see," Morales said.

A spokesperson for Brown wasn't immediately available for comment on Wednesday.

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Jess B. Guy September 12, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Never underestimate the ability of an ignorant legislator to create complex, confusing bills. AB-48 is tied to SB-396 in such a convoluted manner that it is dependant, in part, on the passage of SB-396. SB-396 is being debated for the 4th time today.
Jess B. Guy September 12, 2013 at 06:35 PM
As it appears now, only part of AB-48 may go to the Governor. Further, the length of a magazine doesn't turn any rifle into an assault weapon (which is misnomer anyway) - assault weapon is a manufactured term for legislators to throw around.
ISellGuns September 13, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Maybe you should do an article on the fact that the California Legislature is passing laws that allow various cities, like Oakland, to create their own laws that circumvent both state and federal law. How can the city of Oakland cerate and enforce laws that void the constitution? Of equal importance how unintelligent can someone be to think that a law to stop someone from violating an existing law will make the law breaker less likely to commit the offense? Goh is "crazy" but it was illegal for him to own a gun because he was "crazy", but yet he still committed the offense even though he couldn't possess the gun. I am tired of these "leaders" who have private security but won't allow us to protect ourselves.
Jeffrey Bachman September 13, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Someone please let the crooks know. This meryi-go-round is going to get interesting!
Tim September 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I agree with everything stated above!

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