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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
SAN DIEGO — Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday that would prohibit the sale of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting next year.
The bill was part of a package of 15 bills signed by the governor that aim at strengthening gun violence protections.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
SACRAMENTO — Californians could petition a judge to confiscate their coworkers’ or employees’ guns if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a proposal twice rejected by his predecessor.Read More
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Major changes are proposed to an exemption in state law that allows for a person under 21 to buy an assault-style rifle with a state-issued hunting license.Read More
California teachers, school administrators and employers could ask the courts to take guns away from people they see as a danger to themselves or the public under a major expansion of the state’s “red flag” law approved by the Legislature on Monday and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom.Read More
A proposal to tax guns and bullets in California has bogged down in the Legislature and is not expected to advance this year, its author said Friday, as lawmakers wrestle with how to respond to a string of fatal mass shootings in recent weeks.Read More
A federal judge in San Diego has ordered the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds to allow the Crossroads of the West Gun Show to continue after the fair board suspended the events there last year.
A survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida joined a group of California students to lobby for gun control at the state Capitol on Wednesday.Read More
(CN) – California lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday to allow judges to restrict someone’s access to guns if they pose a danger to themselves or others, despite concerns from community groups that the bill may violate civil rights.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More