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Gun bills would extend ownership restrictions

California defendants facing weapons charges may soon be subject to stiffer penalties if a new list of gun-control bills passes through the state legislature. Nine new control bills have already passed in September, with an additional set of measures currently under consideration. The pending legislation would prohibit the sale of rifles that have detachable magazines. These measures would also widen the range of crimes that could be considered for 10-year bans on firearms possession for convicts.

The bills have been introduced in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012. That event, in which 20 children and six adults perished, spawned some of the most restrictive measures in a state that already boasts the most conservative gun rules in the nation.

Even though supporters say the bans on certain types of guns will prevent criminal activity throughout the state, others have characterized the measures as unwarranted attacks on the rights of those who pursue legal weapons possession. The measures are ostensibly designed to stop the illegal use of guns, but it will also unnecessarily restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, according to opponents of the bills.

Further, the list of crimes that would mandate a 10-year ban on firearms ownership will be expanded under the pending legislation. The restrictions would now apply to those who have been convicted of alcohol-related crimes including DWI, public intoxication and even possession or sale of controlled substances. Currently, only those who have committed violent misdemeanors are prohibited from possessing guns for the 10-year period. Those who violate the law would be subject to a $250 fine.

Even though this legislation is designed to deter crime, it is entirely possible that it will simply infringe on the rights of several Californian populations. Further, the extension of the 10-year ban protocol could have lasting consequences for individuals who would not be likely to misuse a firearm.

Source:, "Lawmakers send tough gun control bills to the governor" Patrick McGreevy, Sep. 12, 2013

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