California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Comprehensive Safe Gun Storage Bill

October 18, 2019 - Sacramento, California – SB 172 became the third important gun safety measure authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom this year.  SB 172 enacts a slate of significant provisions related to firearms storage by broadening criminal storage crimes, adding criminal storage offenses to those offenses that can trigger a 10-year firearm ban, and creating an exemption to firearm loan requirements for the purposes of preventing suicide.   In addition, SB 172 resolves the problem of unsafe gun storage in residential care facilities.   It also builds on the legacy of Senator Portantino’s predecessor Jack Scott, who championed safe gun storage issues while in the Legislature.

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California sets great example with passage of impactful laws

As the 2019 legislative year comes to a close, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a spree of bills, paving historic advancement for the state. Among these of bills, the Editorial Board believes that four stood out, including the right to access medical abortion through public college campus clinics; the end to state contracts with for-profit, private prisons and immigrant detention centers; the ability to attend school at a later start time and the limitation of purchasing guns per month. 

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Abortion pills, gun control and roadkill: New California laws Gavin Newsom just signed

And the sun sets on the California Capitol’s 2019 legislative year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom crossed the finish line of his first session as governor on Sunday with a bill-signing sprint that brought his total approved laws to 870 and his vetoed proposals to 172.

“Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year to help California families get ahead and made historic progress on some of the state’s most intractable challenges,” Newsom said via press release.

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After mass shootings, California sets new limits on gun buyers and expands firearm seizure


After a string of mass shootings across the country this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday toughened California’s already strict gun control laws, signing a raft of bills that broadly expand the state’s “red flag” law and limit the purchase of semiautomatic rifles by individuals to one per month.

Newsom, who was elected last year on a campaign that promised strict limits on firearms, signed 15 bills passed in response to recent mass shootings.

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You’ll only be able to buy one gun a month in California under new law

Californians will soon be limited to one gun per month, under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday.

Senate Bill 61 from Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, builds on a 1999 state law that limited the purchase of handguns to one a month. Portantino’s proposal extends the restriction to long guns. It also prevents people younger than age 21 from obtaining firearms like semi-automatic centerfire rifles.

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Editorial: It’s time for California to expand scope of ‘red flag’ law

In 2014, before six people were killed by a 22-year-old in Isla Vista, near UC Santa Barbara, his mother had feared for her son and even initiated a welfare check with sheriff’s deputies. As his disturbing history emerged after the attack, then-Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced Assembly Bill 1014 so law enforcement officers and immediate family members could ask judges to order the removal of guns owned by individuals who appear to be a threat to themselves or others. Since California became the first state with such a law, 16 others and Washington, D.C., have passed similar measures.

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Remakes and fresh takes: On these 2019 bills, it’s now Newsom’s call

Phil Ting’s AB 61 would give coworkers, teachers and school staff the right to ask a judge to order the firearms removed from someone if they are believed to be a threat to themselves or others. The removal period can last up to 21 days before the subject of the order is given an opportunity to appeal the decision. Currently, only immediate family members and law enforcement officers have that power.

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Senator Portantino’s Gun Control Legislative Package Passes California State Senate

This week, SB 61, SB 172, and SB 376 all authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the California State Senate. The three bills further establish Portantino’s leadership as one of California’s strongest sensible gun control advocates. His efforts over the past decade have significantly improved California’s gun control efforts and have enhance public safety in neighborhoods and main streets across our state.

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On the five-year anniversary of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s Senate Bill 55, which would restrict gun ownership among Californians with repeated convictions of certain alcohol offenses, passed off the Senate floor today on a 26 to 10 vote. The bill now heads to the Assembly. Senate Bill 55is based on research by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), which found an increased risk of future gun violence among firearm owners with certain alcohol-related convictions.

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Should guns be seized from those who pose threats? More states saying yes to red flag laws

If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns?

Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law.

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