I just came across this article. What I found to be particularly interesting is where it details the steps necessary to getting gun control bills passed, and the challenge of having neighboring states that don't agree with these policies if adopted.
California panels approve raft of gun control bills in wake of Orlando massacre
By Jessica Calefati, email@example.comPOSTED: 06/14/2016 09:59:55 AM PDT | UPDATED: 25 MIN. AGO
SACRAMENTO -- Two days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, two key legislative committees on Tuesday approved a sweeping package of gun control legislation following the year's most fiery hearings.
During the state Assembly Public Safety Committee, Democrats sparred with a National Rifle Association lobbyist who testified against several of the bills, calling him "crazy" and "vicious" for protecting the killers who "terrorize our streets." And when the lobbyist said the legislation wouldn't help save lives, one lawmaker suggested washing his mouth with soap.Three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed at the California Department of Justice in Sacramento in 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press Archives)
"The reason they were murdered was because of your organization," said another lawmaker, Assemblyman Evan Low, an openly gay Silicon Valley Democrat who was speaking about the 49 people slaughtered early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. "It's difficult for me to sit here and look you in the eye and respect you."
California lawmakers had introduced the gun control package following last December's terrorist killings in San Bernardino and were expected to act on them this week even before Sunday's massacre. So the timing of the votes has put the Golden State in a national spotlight because it's widely assumed the Republican Congress will not seriously consider any gun bills this year.
On Tuesday, both of the Legislature's public safety panels met and approved 11 gun control bills after several hours of intense, passionate debate about whether measures to ban possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines and further restrict the sale of assault-style weapons would make Californians any safer.
Next, the bills will be considered by the Assembly's appropriations committee. After that, the Senate bills would need to win approval on the Assembly floor before being sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Legislative leaders say lawmakers need to act before the end of the month, when Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom must decide whether to pull a control initiative on November's ballot.
The NRA has relentlessly defended civilians' right to own weapons like the Sig Saur MCX assault rifle that terrorist Omar Mateen used Sunday to kill the nightclub patrons and wound 53others.
Proponents of the six measures the Assembly committee approved -- including Senate Bill 1446, which would outlaw possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and SB 880, which would close a loophole in California's existing assault weapons ban by prohibiting long guns with "bullet buttons" that make it easy to swap high-capacity magazines -- say they're needed to stop the next mass shooting here from being so deadly.Amanda Wilcox's daughter died after being shot by a mentally ill man with a high-capacity magazine. And Wilcox, now a spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, testified that it was only when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter in 2012 stopped to reload that a number of first-graders were able to run to safety during that attack.
"When a person has to exchange magazines, people have a chance to escape," said Wilcox, who lives near Sacramento. If SB 1446 becomes law, "the lethality of these mass shootings will be decreased and the lives will be saved."
But representatives of the NRA and other gun-rights groups testified at the hearing that the slate of bills will do nothing to improve Californians' safety and will instead create cumbersome new rules for law-abiding gun owners that unfairly limit their Second Amendment rights.
"This legislation will not deter violent crime," NRA lobbyist Dan Reid said, speaking about Senate Bill 1235, which would regulate the sale of ammunition. He didn't mention Sunday's massacre in any of his testimony before the Assembly committee.
Asked by Low whether gun owners' rights to use assault-style rifles for hunting or target shooting outweighs the danger these weapons pose to society, the executive director of Gun Owners of California insisted that long guns have helped law-abiding citizens defend themselves against attackers "hundreds of thousands of times."
"We should be talking about how many lives (these weapons) have saved," said Sam Paredes.
Republican lawmakers who sit on the Assembly committee said they share the same goals as Democrats who want to decrease gun violence and prevent the next mass shooting. But they said they couldn't support any of the gun bills the committee considered because they disagree on the approach.
Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, said he believes Democrats are too focused on the instruments of gun violence and not focused enough on the motivations of the "wicked people" who commit the crimes.
"This term gun violence bothers me," he said. "Guns aren't the source of the violence."
Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, responded to Lackey's comments by insisting that an intense focus on the types of weapons the government allows on its streets is the most important thing to consider when so many people are dying in mass shootings fueled by guns that can fire round after round in a matter of seconds.
"I'm not ashamed to stand up for those who have been victimized," Hall said. "I'm not ashamed to stand up for parents who will never be able to say 'I love you' to their children again."
The Assembly committee also approved SB 894, authored by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, which would make it a crime not to report a lost or stolen firearm, and SB 1407, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, which requires serial numbers to be placed on gun parts that can be assembled at home.
The Senate Public Safety Committee approved five additional bills, including proposals to expand the group of people who may request a gun violence restraining order and limit the number of long guns prospective buyers may purchase in a 30-day period.
Speaking at the Assembly hearing, Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, acknowledged how tough it is to dramatically improve public safety for Californians when neighboring states such as Nevada and Arizona don't force firearms owners to comply with the same rules. But, he said, the hurdle isn't an excuse not to try.
"California can't do this alone, but we can at least start," Quirk said.
Progressive Democratic lawmakers in other states will surely look to California's work on gun control as a guide, but the impact will be limited for two reasons, said Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College.
"Republicans control most state legislatures this year, and most state legislatures are already out of session," Pitney said. "In many states lawmakers won't meet again until January, after an election has taken place and the impact of Orlando has faded."
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A FLURRY OF GUN CONTROL BILLS
Here are some of the measures that cleared the Assembly and Senate public safety committees on Tuesday:
Senate Bill 1446, authored by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, restricts possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Assembly Bill 1674, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, limit the number of long guns Californians can purchase to one a month -- a limit that now applies to handguns.
SB 1235, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, regulates the sale of ammunition.
SB 880, authored by Sen. Isadore Hall, D-South Bay, and Assembly Bill 1664, authored by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Marin County, effectively prohibits "bullet buttons" that make it easy to detach magazines.
SB 869, authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requires law enforcement officials who keep handguns in their vehicles to keep them in a locked box or the trunk to prevent thefts.
SB 894, authored by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, and AB 1695, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, requires the reporting of a lost or stolen gun within a few days.
SB 1407, authored by de León, and AB 1673, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, aim to eliminate the proliferation of so-called "ghost guns," which are manufactured at home and don't carry serial numbers.
AB 2607, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would expand the group of people who may request a gun violence restraining order.