UPDATE: Six new gun restrictions became law under legislation signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown. In all, the Democratic governor signed six of the 11 gun-related bills that landed on his desk the day before following a series of votes in the State Senate and Assembly.
A California legislative panel has approved seven gun-control bills.
Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday to require that people who make homemade guns get a background check and apply for a serial number. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon says the bill would help police track guns used in crimes. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure in 2014.
The committee also approved a bill that seeks to get around a court order barring enforcement of a 2009 law requiring stores to keep records on purchases of handgun ammunition.
Lawmakers also backed a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and approved creating a firearm violence research center at the University of California.
Here's a list of the bills approved by the committee:
- SB-1407 Firearms: identifying information. Introduced by Sen. Kevin de Leon, this bill would require people who make homemade guns to get a background check and apply for a serial number.
- SB-880 Firearms: assault weapons. Introduced by senators Isadore Hall and Steve Glazer, this bill would expand the definition of "assault weapon" to include semi-automatic, centerfire rifles with easily detachable magazines.
- SB-894 Firearms: lost or stolen: reports. Introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, this bill would require gun owners to report the theft or loss of a firearm to a local law enforcement agency within five days.
- SB-1235 Ammunition. Introduced by Sen. Kevin de Leon, this bill attempts to get around a court order barring enforcement of a 2009 law requiring stores to keep records on purchases of handgun ammunition by updating the definition of "ammunition."
- SB-1446 Firearms: magazine capacity. Introduced by Sen. Loni Hancock, this bill would make it an infraction for a person to possess a large-capacity magazine, defined under existing law as an ammunition-feeding device that holds more than 10 rounds.
- SB-1006 Firearm Violence Research Center. Introduced by Sen. Lois Wolk, this bill would request that the University of California establish a center for the research of firearm-related violence.
- SB-1037 Firearms. Introduced by Sen. Ben Allen, this bill would postpone the start of the statute of limitations for certain crimes involving the transfer of firearms.