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Gun, ammunition bills pending in the Legislature

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

— AB761, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, requires the state employees' and teachers' pension systems to drop any investments in companies that manufacture, sell, distribute or market firearms or ammunition.

— AB1076, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, requires that regularly used school classrooms and other widely used areas be equipped with panic buttons that trigger a campus-wide alarm and alert law enforcement to a campus emergency.

— AB1084, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, repeals weakened penalties imposed under a 16-year-old law that sends lower-level criminals to county jails instead of state prisons; increases penalties for those who own firearms illegally and those who provide them with firearms.

— AB1264, Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, requires that school safety plans include steps to safeguard pupils and staff from incidents involving firearms, explosives or other deadly weapons, and a way for teachers to notify authorities about students with potentially violent mental health issues.

— SB47, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, prohibits the use of so-called bullet buttons and other devices that allow for swift reloading of military-style assault weapons.

— SB49, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, requires public schools statewide to prepare and update their emergency response plans in case of an attack. A similar bill, SB755, died in committee last year.

— SB53, Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, increases restrictions on purchasing ammunition by requiring buyers to get a permit, undergo a background check and pay a fee.

— SB108, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, requires all guns to be properly stored with a trigger lock or in a lock box when the owner is not present. Current law requires owners to have a trigger lock or safety lock box but doesn't require the safety device to be used.

— SB140, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, lets the state Department of Justice use reserve funds to reduce a backlog in confiscating weapons from individuals who bought them legally but were later convicted of a crime, treated for mental illness or subjected to domestic violence court orders.

— SB293, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, requires that handguns sold in California be protected with what are known as "owner-authorized" safety mechanisms, such as biometric readers or other technologies that mean the weapon can only be fired by the registered owner. The requirement would take effect 18 months after the state attorney general certifies that the new technology is available for retail sale.

— SB299, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, requires that every person whose firearm is lost or stolen must notify local law enforcement within 48 hours of the time they knew, or reasonably should have known, that the firearm was lost or stolen.

— SB316, Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, requires that all classrooms designed for five or more persons install devices that allow doors to lock from the inside.

— SB374, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, bans the sale of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines and requires registration of all firearms.

— SB396, by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, bans possession of magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

— SB567, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, updates California's definition of an illegal shotgun to include a shotgun-rifle combination.

— SB683, by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, regulates the loaning of firearms and may be amended to create a safety training certificate for handgun owners.

— SB755, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, prohibits felons and the mentally ill from living in residences where weapons are located.