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Assembly Approves Bills On Gun Storage, Ownership

Assembly Approves Bills On Gun Storage, Ownership

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown two bills that would tighten the rules for gun storage and further limit gun ownership for people with mental health issues.

Legislation from Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco would require gun owners to safely store their weapons when they live with someone who cannot own a weapon because of mental illness or a criminal record.

The bill also allows officials to delay a firearm purchase by up to 30 days if a background check is not completed within 10 days.

AB500 cleared the Assembly Tuesday, 43-27.

The Assembly also gave final approval to a bill to prevent people who convey a serious threat of violence to a licensed therapist from owning a gun for five years.

The Assembly approved AB1131, 68-2.

The Legislature also sent a bill to Gov. Brown that would place restrictions on lead bullets for hunters.

A bill that would make California the first state in the nation to ban
lead bullets for all types of hunting is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

The Assembly approved AB711 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood on Tuesday.

Proponents of the bill say the ban will protect condors and other wildlife that feed on gut piles left behind by hunters. They also say humans are at risk when they eat meat that has been shot with lead bullets.

Opponents see the proposed law as a first step toward banning hunting in the Golden State. They say that because copper bullets are technically armor piercing, federal officials could move to eliminate their sale.

The bill passed the Assembly 44 to 27.

 

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