A new set of bills proposed to the California state Senate could make California the strictest gun control state yet.
Yesterday, the Senate heard a series of bills including creating a database of all ammunition purchases in the state, making unsecured firearms a crime and extending the time someone is banned from owning a firearm after making a threat.
On Aug. 13, the State Assembly will review a set of bills that would ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and require those with high capacity magazines to dispose of the firearms.
Legislation adding a 10 percent tax to all ammunition purchases is still being considered, though its passage is slow moving.
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Gun control groups hope that California’s gun control legislation will inspire members of Congress to consider similar laws.
"When we see movement on the California bills and the sort of tenacity that you had post-Newtown,” said Legislative Director at the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Kristen Rand. “It makes it really hard for the gun lobby to say the momentum has gone away.”
However, gun-rights activist Larry Keane, the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said it is unlikely that “anti-gun, anti-industry” California will inspire Washington to do anything.
California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said that while he does not think legislation in California will encourage Washington to progress gun control, he believes the bills will protect the people of California, which is the top priority in passing each bill.