Senate to Vote on Sweeping Set of Gun Violence Prevention Measures

California Legislature Taking Collaborative Action on Gun Control

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, the Senate will vote on a comprehensive set of Senate and Assembly bills to improve public safety and stem the scourge of gun violence in California. The bills represent some of the most ambitious legislative action ever taken to keep guns and ammunition out of the hands of criminals, reduce the killing capacity of military-style firearms, and include a proposal to create a first-of-its-kind research center for gun-related violence.

WHAT: Senate will vote on following legislative proposals to prevent gun violence in California:

  • Ammunition Regulation: Requires background checks for ammunition purchasers, licenses to sell ammunition, and collection of sale information. SB 1235 (de León) & AB 156 (McCarty)
  • Bullet Buttons: Redefines assault weapons to encompass specified guns capable of accepting any type of detachable magazine. SB 880 (Hall, Glazer) & AB 1135 (Levine, Ting)
  • Large-Capacity Magazines: Prohibits the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. SB 1446 (Hancock)
  • Ghost Gun Registration: Requires a person to get a serial number from DOJ before making or assembling a gun. SB 1407 (de León) & AB 857 (Cooper)
  • Lost/Stolen Gun Reporting: Requires the reporting of a lost or stolen gun within 5 days of when a person knows or reasonably should have known of the theft or loss. SB 894 (Jackson)
  • Gun Theft: Reverts gun theft and buying a stolen gun, regardless of value, to a felony and wobbler, respectively. AB 1176 (Cooper)
  • Gun Lending: Limits infrequent lending of guns to specified family members. AB 1511 (Santiago)
  • Gun Violence Research: Establishes a Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, filling the gap left by Congressional restrictions on firearms research. SB 1006 (Wolk)

WHEN: 9 a.m. PT, Thursday, May 19, 2016

WHERE: Senate Chambers, State Capitol 

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