In response to the Daesh affiliated shooting last year in San Bernardino, California’s legislature had passed several sweeping new gun laws, many of which were signed into law by Governor Brown today.
The new laws include: new limits on gun loaning to family members only without background checks; requiring an ID and background check to purchase ammo; placing all ammo purchases in a database; ban the sale or possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds; and most controversially I suspect, it also closes the so called “bullet button” loophole in California’s existing Assault Weapons ban. The latter covers a hole in the existing law that allowed semi-automatic weapons that met assault weapon criteria such as AR-15 and AK-47 semi-auto clones or Category III weapons, if they had the so-called bullet button. The button having met the existing law’s criteria of a “tool” for the changing of the magazine. Now any detachable magazine that is detachable without disassembling the receiver would appear to qualify these weapons as assault weapons and their sale would now be banned in California.
Several of the bills that were put before Brown were vetoed however included one requiring all stolen guns to be reported within 5 days; a bill limiting rifle sales to one per person per month; and requiring all home gun manufacturers to register their weapons with the state and have them serial stamped.