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September 17, 2013

Proposed California Gun Bills Would Ban Semi-Auto Centerfire Rifles With Detachable Magazines

By Ben Romans

Late last week, California lawmakers sent a list of gun-control bills intended curtail Second Amendment rights—colorfully dubbed the Life-saving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement Act (LIFE)—to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk to sign into law.

A report from Guns.com says the most egregious is Senate Bill 374, which prohibits the manufacture, sale or possession of any semiautomatic centerfire rifle that accepts a detachable magazine. Furthermore, the state will consider those types of firearms “assault weapons” and require current owners to register their weapon(s) by July 1, 2015.

Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is the sponsor of SB 374 and says semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines aren’t appropriate for responsible citizens.

“These types of weapons have in fact been used in many of the mass killings our country has suffered over the years,” continued Steinberg. “In nine out of 10 of those mass killings, the shooter had no serious prior criminal history. It’s time to reduce the carnage. It’s time to close the loopholes.”

Other measures under the LIFE umbrella include

  • Expanding the handgun safety requirement to require a safe-handling demonstration to receive a long gun
  • Updating the definition of assault weapon to include rifled-bore shotguns and revolving cylinder.
  • Expanding the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) to include multiple drug and alcohol offenses.

 

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from Kris24 wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

California = Home of the biggest idiots this country has to offer. We should put a high fence up around the entire state and lock them all in for good. If you love elitist liberals then California is the place for you.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

We ought to work a trade. We should exchange California for a freedom loving part of Canada.
I say give us Prince Edward Island straight up and we'll call it even.
Lord knows the fools can't do a budget, they are driving business out, they bow to every left wing whacko individual that complains and they are run by the biggest group of freak and morons in the country.
I know it's not fair to the good hard working people who live there, but it appears they are at last out numbered.
"Save Freedom! Amputate California, before it's to late!"

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from GregMc wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

Since this is a hunting site, think about covering California AB711, which has already passed the California legislature and is on Gov. Brown's desk.
AB711 would ban lead ammo for hunting statewide.

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from coachsjike wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

that is RIDICULOUS!!! MOST ABSURD THING I HAVE EVER HEARD, maybe cali should go after their high numbers of illegal immigration before attacking law abiding citizens. better yet let the san andreas fault line do its job and dumo that place into the sea.

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from West Cat wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

It's ridiculous to disarm all border states. Punishing CA for every gun related incident is ludicrous. California is just the beginning. The politicians are out of control.

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from RJ Arena wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

It is a farce, plain and simple. the cold hard facts are that long guns are use in such a small % of gun deaths, you are more likely to be killed by a hammer. This is the wacky left trying to disarm America; ban lead, so shooting becomes too expensive for many citizens. Eliminate detachable mags and kill many shooting sports, so there will be less and less people owning guns, which is there goal. then they can ban them all together since there will not be enough gun owners left to put up a fight.

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from Kris24 wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

Like I said "Elitist Liberals!!!!" They are out of touch with reality, yet they are in a position to govern. That is a bad recipe folks....really bad!

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 1 day ago

Most of their politicians have lost their minds. Despite the horror of yesterday's madman at the Naval Base Feinswine couldn't wait to prove once again that she still can't tell the difference between a Shotgun and an AR15. Talk about someone who just likes listening to herself talk. I don't know whether Obama or her is the biggest narcissist in the nation. What a disgrace!

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from jhjimbo wrote 30 weeks 1 day ago

Too bad for the real Sportsmen who live there.

Ditto what 'haverodwilltravel' said. +1

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from HogBlog wrote 30 weeks 1 day ago

It looks like maybe my language was a little too strong in my first comment... or maybe it was the link I included... so let me revise...

SB374 does NOT prohibit the sale, manufacture, or possession of ANYTHING. I'm extremely disappointed to see this misinformation published under the Field and Stream banner. I expect better from a national publication, even if it is "just a blog." Get the facts, and get them right.

SB374 IS an egregiously bad bill, that will probably become an egregiously bad law (given the state of anti-gun idiocy in Sacramento). The very idea of classifying pretty much every semi-auto hunting rifle as an "assault weapon" is beyond ludicrous. Requiring registration isn't just pointless and punitive, but it should be unconstitutional. I have no doubt this will end up in the courts, as things seem to be wrapping up in Chicago... and I feel for the CA taxpayers who will see their money going to high-priced lawyers defending the state.

But still... Field and Stream, and particularly Ben Romans, should be ashamed to have published something so inflammatory without the simple effort of research (read the bloody bill!) and fact checking. Even bloggers should be accountable to facts.

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from .30-06Hunter wrote 23 weeks 4 days ago

I think they have a bill in the works that bans squirt guns that hold over one ounce of water. Wow when will they realize criminals don't follow gun laws. Murder is illegal also but criminals still commit it. The solution for an armed bad guy is an armed good guy.

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from Kris24 wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

California = Home of the biggest idiots this country has to offer. We should put a high fence up around the entire state and lock them all in for good. If you love elitist liberals then California is the place for you.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

We ought to work a trade. We should exchange California for a freedom loving part of Canada.
I say give us Prince Edward Island straight up and we'll call it even.
Lord knows the fools can't do a budget, they are driving business out, they bow to every left wing whacko individual that complains and they are run by the biggest group of freak and morons in the country.
I know it's not fair to the good hard working people who live there, but it appears they are at last out numbered.
"Save Freedom! Amputate California, before it's to late!"

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from coachsjike wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

that is RIDICULOUS!!! MOST ABSURD THING I HAVE EVER HEARD, maybe cali should go after their high numbers of illegal immigration before attacking law abiding citizens. better yet let the san andreas fault line do its job and dumo that place into the sea.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Kris24 wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

Like I said "Elitist Liberals!!!!" They are out of touch with reality, yet they are in a position to govern. That is a bad recipe folks....really bad!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from haverodwilltravel wrote 30 weeks 1 day ago

Most of their politicians have lost their minds. Despite the horror of yesterday's madman at the Naval Base Feinswine couldn't wait to prove once again that she still can't tell the difference between a Shotgun and an AR15. Talk about someone who just likes listening to herself talk. I don't know whether Obama or her is the biggest narcissist in the nation. What a disgrace!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from GregMc wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

Since this is a hunting site, think about covering California AB711, which has already passed the California legislature and is on Gov. Brown's desk.
AB711 would ban lead ammo for hunting statewide.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RJ Arena wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

It is a farce, plain and simple. the cold hard facts are that long guns are use in such a small % of gun deaths, you are more likely to be killed by a hammer. This is the wacky left trying to disarm America; ban lead, so shooting becomes too expensive for many citizens. Eliminate detachable mags and kill many shooting sports, so there will be less and less people owning guns, which is there goal. then they can ban them all together since there will not be enough gun owners left to put up a fight.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from HogBlog wrote 30 weeks 1 day ago

It looks like maybe my language was a little too strong in my first comment... or maybe it was the link I included... so let me revise...

SB374 does NOT prohibit the sale, manufacture, or possession of ANYTHING. I'm extremely disappointed to see this misinformation published under the Field and Stream banner. I expect better from a national publication, even if it is "just a blog." Get the facts, and get them right.

SB374 IS an egregiously bad bill, that will probably become an egregiously bad law (given the state of anti-gun idiocy in Sacramento). The very idea of classifying pretty much every semi-auto hunting rifle as an "assault weapon" is beyond ludicrous. Requiring registration isn't just pointless and punitive, but it should be unconstitutional. I have no doubt this will end up in the courts, as things seem to be wrapping up in Chicago... and I feel for the CA taxpayers who will see their money going to high-priced lawyers defending the state.

But still... Field and Stream, and particularly Ben Romans, should be ashamed to have published something so inflammatory without the simple effort of research (read the bloody bill!) and fact checking. Even bloggers should be accountable to facts.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from .30-06Hunter wrote 23 weeks 4 days ago

I think they have a bill in the works that bans squirt guns that hold over one ounce of water. Wow when will they realize criminals don't follow gun laws. Murder is illegal also but criminals still commit it. The solution for an armed bad guy is an armed good guy.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from West Cat wrote 30 weeks 2 days ago

It's ridiculous to disarm all border states. Punishing CA for every gun related incident is ludicrous. California is just the beginning. The politicians are out of control.

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from jhjimbo wrote 30 weeks 1 day ago

Too bad for the real Sportsmen who live there.

Ditto what 'haverodwilltravel' said. +1

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