SB 249 is dead. And that’s great news for Second Amendment advocates in the state of California.
The bill, introduced by State Senator Leland Yee, sought to make California’s gun control laws more restrictive by prohibiting semi-automatic firearms with “easily changeable magazines.”
California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. The state heavily regulates the sale, transfer, possession, and use of firearms.
In a July 20 statement (“Colorado Massacre Reaffirms Calls to Close Assault Weapon Loophole in California”), Sen. Yee cited the Aurora, Colorado shooting as justification for why the state legislature should pass SB 249, as amended:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. These events are shocking to all of us and sadly remind us of the carnage that is possible when assault weapons get into the wrong hands. It is imperative that we take every step possible to eliminate the types of senseless killings witnessed in Aurora, Colorado. We must limit access to weapons that can carry massive rounds of bullets or that can be easily reloaded. SB 249 is a step in that direction and should be approved by the Legislature as soon as possible.”
The legislative branch of the National Rifle Association stated that the bill would force the owners of “hundreds of thousands of semi-automatic rifles, which were legally sold in California over the last decade,” to hand over their firearms to law enforcement.
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