Gov. Jerry Brown has signed half a dozen bills regulating the purchase and sale of firearms, ammunition and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
In a brief signing statement issued Friday, the governor said his goal in signing the bills "is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners."
Among the bills Brown signed into law were AB 1135 and SB 880, measures that expand the definition of assault weapons banned for sale in the state and impose new registration requirements for those who own the newly banned firearms.
Specifically, the statute is intended to close a loophole in state law that had permitted the continued sale of assault-style firearms equipped with a "bullet button" that allows users to rapidly change ammunition magazines.
Brown also signed:
- SB 1235, which imposes new restrictions on ammunition sales
- SB 1446, banning possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines
- AB 1511, which limits to whom gun owners can lend their firearms
- AB 1695, which cracks down on false reports of stolen firearms
A ban on large-capacity magazines and restrictions on ammunition sales are also included in a gun control initiative on the November ballot. The ballot measure is backed by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom who says it will go further than the legislation. For instance, it establishes a process to take guns from people convicted of certain crimes.