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Gov. Newsom signs 15 laws on gun control

Governor Gavin Newsom increased the number of laws regulating who can purchase a gun and when a gun violence restraining order can be ordered.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Despite California's robust gun control legislation, people continue to be shot and killed from gun violence.

Governor Gavin Newsom responded to that fact by signing 15 new gun laws aimed at strengthening gun control and the gun violence restraining order program.

"Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, one that’s been inflamed by the inaction of politicians in Washington,” Newsom said. “While Washington has refused to act on even the most basic gun safety reforms, California is once again leading the nation in passing meaningful gun safety reforms.”

California already has several laws regulating the use, selling and purchasing of guns. The Giffords Law Center gave California an A rating for its gun laws, However, the center said that California could do more.

"California continues to be a leader in fighting the threat of gun violence,” former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence said. “The legislative package Governor Newsom signed today will help make California safer for all who call it home."

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Gun Regulating laws

SB 61 - This law does not allow people under the age of 21 to buy semiautomatic rifles. The law also does not allow people to purchase more than one semiautomatic, centerfire rifle in 30 days.

SB 376 - This law prevents individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by capping the number of annual sales at five transactions or 50 guns.

AB 645 - This law requires packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention.

AB 879 - This law requires, starting in 2024, that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor.

AB 1669 - This law updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors. This law also ensures that sufficient funding is available for firearm regulatory efforts.

AB 1297 - This law requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license. This law also eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.

AB 893 - This law prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the County of San Diego, the City of Del Mar, the City of San Diego.

Gun Violence Restraining Orders laws

AB 12 - This law extends the amount of time before a person can buy a gun to five years if they have a gun violence restraining order placed against them to five years.

AB 61 - This law allows for people in a workplace or school to file a gun violence restraining order against a coworker, employee, employer, or student.

AB 339 - This law requires law enforcement to create policies and standards. This plan is to make it easier for people to request a gun violence restraining order.

AB 164 - This law makes it illegal for a person without an out-of-state, valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order to follow their state's laws while in California.

AB 1493 - This law authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to petition to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.

Other legislation related to gun violence laws

AB 1548 - This law requires that the Nonprofit Security Grant Program is to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.

AB 1603 - This law codifies the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence.

AB 521 - This law requires, with the adoption of a resolution by the University of California, the UC Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis, to develop multifaceted education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death.


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