State Senate Approves Sweeping New Gun-Control Measures

May 19, 2016 4:55 PM by News Staff

(AP) The California Senate has approved a wide-ranging series of gun-control measures that would outlaw assault rifles with easily detachable magazines and require people to give up magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The 11 measures approved Thursday would significantly tighten California's gun laws, which are already among the strictest in the nation.

In addition to the bullet-button ban and the ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds, bills approved by the state Senate include regulations for homemade firearms, background checks for ammunition purchases, a mandate to report lost or stolen guns, a ban on loaning firearms to friends, and funding for a gun-violence research center.

The debate comes as Democratic leaders rush to head off a gun-control ballot measure advocated by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. They say the Legislature can more effectively craft gun legislation, and some Democrats also worry the initiative would motivate gun-rights supporters in the November election.

Lawmakers sent the package of legislation to the state Assembly.

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