- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday and vetoed five others. Here’s a look at Brown’s action:


- Outlaw assault rifles with a feature, known as a bullet button, that circumvents California’s assault weapon ban by allowing shooters to use a small tool to quickly change magazines. (SB880 and AB1135)

- Mandate background checks when a gun is loaned to someone other than a close relative of the owner. (AB1511)

- Boost penalties for filing false reports of stolen guns, a measure targeting straw purchasers who buy weapons on behalf of people prohibited from doing so. (AB1695)

- Create regulations for ammunition, including requirements that ammo sellers get a license, purchases be screened and transactions be recorded. (SB1235)

- Ban possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, requiring people who already own them to turn them in to authorities. (SB1446)


- Designate unfinished gun parts as firearms subject to the same registration, background check and possession laws. Brown said the wording was “unduly vague” and could have unintended consequences. (AB1673)

- Expand the types of people who can seek gun-violence restraining orders under a six-month-old program that allows courts to temporarily revoke gun ownership rights of people suspected to be dangerous to themselves or others. Brown said it’s premature to expand the program. (AB2607)

- Require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to authorities within five days. Brown said he doesn’t believe the bill would spur “irresponsible people” to report missing weapons. (SB894)

- Restrict all firearm purchases to one per month, a limitation that currently applies only to handguns. Brown said the measure would burden lawful gun owners trying to sell weapons they don’t need. (AB1674)

- Ask voters to stiffen penalties for stealing guns, which were inadvertently reduced when voters approved Proposition 47 that raised the threshold for a theft to be considered a felony. Brown said voters will already decide this issue as part of a broad gun-control ballot measure promoted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. (AB1176)

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