California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law AB 711, a statewide ban on the use of traditional ammunition in hunting, the first such ban in the nation. NSSF and a coalition of hunting, sportsmen, gun-owners, labor organizations and law enforcement officials had urged him to veto this anti-hunting bill. Read the governor’s signing statement. At the same time, Brown vetoed SB 374, a measure that would have classified any semiautomatic center-fire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 rounds of ammunition or less as an assault weapon. This bill would have required that all such firearms be registered with the state and make their future sale illegal. He also vetoed AB 180 that would have allowed the City of Oakland to enact its own ordinance regarding firearms that would be even more restrictive than state law. Read the NSSF statement from Friday on the governor’s actions. Read the Los Angeles Times coverage.
This is the list of additional bills that Brown signed or vetoed:
SB 683—Effective Jan. 1, 2015: requires purchasers of long guns to earn a safety certificates prior to the purchase.
AB 48—Effective Jan. 1, 2014: bans conversion kits that allow people to turn regular magazines into high-capacity magazines.
AB 170—Prohibits organizations such as corporations and partnerships from obtaining a permit to possess an assault weapon, .50 BMG rifle, or machine gun.
AB 231—Makes it a crime to leave a loaded firearm where a child is likely to be able to access it without permission.
AB 500—Imposes more stringent safe storage requirements on households where someone is prohibited from owning a gun resides, extends the time permitted for Department of Justice background checks and requires dealers to notify the Department of Justice when a purchaser actually takes possession of a purchased firearm.
AB 538—Requires a licensed firearm dealer to provide copies of the dealer’s record of sale to the purchaser at delivery.
AB 539—Allows a person temporarily prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm to transfer firearms to a licensed firearms dealer for storage.
SB 299—Would have required gun owners to report a gun theft or loss to police within seven days.
AB 169—Would have tightened exemptions from the prohibition on purchasing non-rostered handguns.