Gun, ammunition bills pending in the Legislature

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013
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Lawmakers have introduced the following bills seeking further restrictions on guns and ammunition this year:

— AJR5, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, is a resolution urging the president and Congress to pass U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation prohibiting the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

— AB48, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, requires ammunition sellers to be licensed and ammunition buyers to have and show valid identification, similar to those covering gun sales. Sales of large amounts of ammunition to an individual buyer within a five-day period would have to be reported to local law enforcement agencies. Bans "clip kits" that can convert approved ammunition feeding device into large-capacity magazines, defined as a magazine that can hold more than 10 bullets.

— AB134, Assemblymen Dan Logue, R-Linda, and Allan Mansoor, R-Costa Mesa, bans counties from making public the telephone numbers and addresses of people holding or applying for concealed weapons permits. Authorities could still release the names of those who have a permit. The bill responds to a New York state newspaper's recent publishing of the names and addresses of legal gun owners.

— AB169, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, prohibits peace officers and members of the military from selling handguns that are not on the Department of Justice's list of approved weapons to buyers who are not also peace officers and members of the military and thus are not eligible to own the handguns. A similar previous bill, AB2460, was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. Both bills respond to a federal indictment charging two Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies with selling such weapons for a profit.

— AB170, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, restricts permits for assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles to individuals. Current law allows permits to be held by corporations, associations, partnerships and limited liability companies. By law, the holders of the permits are not public record.

— AB174, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, removes prior ownership, or "grandfather" clauses, from state laws prohibiting the possession of various weapons. Current law allows ownership of weapons that were possessed prior to the ban under certain conditions.

— AB180, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, establishes an unspecified tax on ammunition sold in retail stores and gun shows and devotes the additional revenue toward crime prevention efforts in high-crime areas of the state.

— AB187, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, taxes ammunition, with proceeds going to crime prevention in areas suffering from high rates of violent crime.

— AB231, Assemblymen Philip Ting, D-San Francisco, and Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, requires gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons.

— AB232, Assemblyman Philip Ting, D-San Francisco, gives a state income-tax credit of up to $1,000 to anyone who turns in a firearm during a local gun buyback program. The amount of the credit would be determined based on the value of the weapon.

— AB500, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, requires gun owners to safely store their guns when someone who lives in the home is prohibited from owning a weapon because of mental illness or a criminal record; allows for a seven-day extension on the current 10-day waiting period for weapons purchases if the state Department of Justice needs the extra time to complete a background check; requires dealers to notify the state Department of Justice when the buyer has taken possession of the weapon.

— AB740, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, adds five misdemeanors to the list of crimes that result in a 10-year ban on owning firearms; clarifies that anyone dealing in five or more firearms transactions a year must have a license.

— AB760, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, imposes a five-cent tax on bullet sales, with the money going to screen and treat young children for moderate mental illness.

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