Dems tightening up California's gun laws

Monday, February 11, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A civil rights expert asserts that California's new gun legislation will spark debate over the Second Amendment.

Democrats have revealed ten proposals regarding gun possession that could make California the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. During a news conference last Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared that California has always been a leader on the issue of gun safety. And since New York "has stepped up and stepped forward" with legislation, Villaraigosa believes California must do the same.

Klukowski, Ken (ACRU)Among the measures is one that would outlaw future sale of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines. This would prevent quick reloading by requiring bullets to be loaded one at a time. But that is the kind of proposal Ken Klukowski of The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) does not think stands a chance.

"Banning guns or limiting people to purchases, for example, of one gun a month, or limiting the number or rounds of ammunition that they can purchase -- restrictions of that nature are unlikely to survive in court," he asserts.

Under the proposals, California would mandate Department of Justice background checks of those who want to purchase ammunition. Those individuals would also have to pay a fee. The proposals would require all weapons to be registered and would ban possession of magazines that hold more than ten bullets -- that would even apply to current owners.

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