Despite being one of the strictest states for gun control, California is now moving full steam ahead with new anti-gun proposals.
The Judiciary Committees in both the Assembly and Senate approved of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed bills that came on the heels of the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
The first bill, SB 1327, is an attempt to “limit the spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost guns.”
According to the bill text, anyone who manufacturers, distributes, transports or imports “assault weapons or any .50 BMG rifle” is subject to felony charges.
Interestingly enough, the bill also penalizes those that manufacture and distribute “ghost guns” that lack serial numbers.
It’s important to note that federal law allows private citizens to create unserialized firearms as long as they are kept for personal use.
Once the owner decides to sell the firearm, he or she must contact the ATF for a serial number. Then the gun is legally allowed to transfer between parties, either privately or through an FFL.
The second bill, AB 2571, limits a firearms manufacturer “from advertising or marketing any firearm-related product, as defined, in a manner that is designed, intended, or reasonably appears to be attractive to minors.”
The penalty for each violation is up to $25,000.
“California has led the nation in reforming our laws to protect communities from gun violence.
This year is no different as we take decisive action to fast-track vital gun safety policies, even as recent federal court decisions threaten to make it more difficult to protect Californians from gun violence,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
“Since the 1990s, our laws have prevented countless shootings and saved hundreds of lives. California isn’t waiting for Congress to act to protect our kids from needless gun violence.”
Newsom has also signaled support for two more gun control bills, including AB 1621, which would restrict “ghost guns and the parts and kits used to build them” as well as AB 1594, which “allows governments and victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers and sells of firearms.”
Should AB 1594 pass, it will be interesting to see how the proposed law would hold up in court.
It would be contradictory to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which prevents firearms manufacturers from being held legally responsible for crimes committed with their products.