The New Year brought with it a number of new laws to California. Among the many changes were a number of changes in the attempt to prevent gun violence in the Golden State.
Several of the bills passed in the recent 2017-18 legislative session went into effect at the midnight hour on New Years, while others will go into effect within the next two years. Here is a rundown of a few of the new laws that will affect gun owners and suppliers, along with the details of who wrote the bill.
SB 1200, by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley: This bill adds ammunition cartridges and magazines to the list of items that police can confiscate as part of a gun violence restraining order. This law is already in effect.
AB 3129, by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park: This law prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense after Jan. 1, 2019, from possessing a firearm for the rest of their life.
SB 1100, by Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge: This law prohibits anyone younger than 21 years old from purchasing a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, from a licensed firearms dealer. However, the law includes an exemption for law enforcement officers, members of the military and anyone who possesses a valid, unexpired hunting license.
AB 2103, by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego: This law mandates that applicants for concealed carry licenses undergo a minimum of eight hours of training and that they demonstrate proficiency in both shooting and the safe handling of firearms. This law is already in effect.
SB 1346, by Sen. Hannah Beth-Jackson, D-Santa Barbara: This law bans the manufacture and sale of bump stock and burst trigger devices that enable a semi-automatic firearm to shoot in rapid-fire bursts. This law is already in effect.
AB 1968, by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell: This bill prohibits anyone who has been hospitalized more than once in a year for a mental health diagnosis from owning a firearm for the rest of his or her life. This law goes into effect in Jan. 1, 2020.
Studies report that there have been more than 54,400 shootings in the United States in 2018.
Among those have been 1,400 deaths, 334 mass shootings, but does not include the annual average 22,000 suicides by firearm.