Crime & Justice

California bill limits rifle, shotgun sales to 1 per month

In this file photo, a man checks a rifle that is for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal October 3, 2001 in Chantilly, Va. Californians would be limited to buying a maximum of one rifle or shotgun each month under proposed legislation in the state Assembly.
In this file photo, a man checks a rifle that is for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal October 3, 2001 in Chantilly, Va. Californians would be limited to buying a maximum of one rifle or shotgun each month under proposed legislation in the state Assembly.
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Californians would be limited to buying a maximum of one rifle or shotgun each month under proposed legislation in the state Assembly.

It would be the same limit currently in place for handguns.

Democratic Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles says his AB1674 responds to a trend of Californians purchasing more long guns than handguns in the last decade. He says it makes no sense that anyone can buy as many rifles or shotguns as they want at any time.

Other lawmakers last week introduced two bills aimed at closing a legal loophole that allows firearms manufacturers to include "bullet buttons" that let rifle owners rapidly exchange empty ammunition magazines for full ones.

The bills follow a deadly terror attack involving assault rifles in San Bernardino last month.