US State of California passes new bills on gun control

July 2, 2016 3:18 am

The picture shows weapons confiscated from an attack in San Bernardino, on December 2, 2015. (Reuters photo)

The
State of California has passed new laws on firearm restrictions,
expanding background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines as part
of a package for stricter gun control across the country.

On
Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law six measures
that encompass a wide range of new limits on the purchase and possession
of rifles in the western state, amid US federal lawmakers’ deadlock
over gun reforms.
The passage
of the bills occurred two weeks after Omar Mateen, the American-born US
citizen armed with assault weapons, stormed the Pulse Club in Orlando,
Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others at the gay club,
marking the worst ever mass shooting in US history.
The ban includes the possession of firearms and weapons with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of bullets.
A background check was also approved to be required when a gun is loaned to someone other than a close family member.
Meanwhile,
the California governor passed a bill for the enhancement of penalties
meted out for filing false reports of stolen guns, a measure which is
aimed at decreasing the flow of guns into the US black market.
The
new laws would “enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws
in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of
law-abiding owners,” Brown said in a statement.
“California
has taken a giant step forward in sensible gun safety regulations…
Taken together, they really will make our neighborhoods safer,” said
California Senator Loni Hancock.
The
approved measures were slammed by pro-gun advocates who said the bills
were “turning tragedy into political gain” and transforming “law-abiding
gun owners into criminals.”
The
California Rifle and Pistol Association also took a swipe at the new
laws and said they were “stripping citizens of their right to protect
themselves.”
Every year, more
than 30,000 people are shot and killed in . The US
averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an
average of 183 injured.
In October last year, a gunman opened fire at a community college in Oregon and killed 9 people before taking his own life.
On
December 2, 14 people were killed and 22 others were injured as gunmen
attacked a center for people with developmental disabilities in San
Bernardino, California.
In
January, US President Barack Obama vowed to bypass Republican-dominated
Congress and its opposition to gun control through introducing a raft of
executive actions to resolve the country’s gun crisis.

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