State Senate passes new handgun bill

Jun 30, 2014 8:45 PM by Debbie Cobb

Sacramento, Calif. - The California Senate today passed legislation that will close a loophole that allows gun dealers to skirt California law and sell handguns without child safety features. The legislation is a priority bill of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and now goes to the governor's desk.

The legislation will ensure handguns purchased through a dealer in California meet all safety and firing tests and contain state required handgun safety features as mandated by the state's "Unsafe Handgun" law.

The existing law requires guns sold and manufactured in California be determined to be "safe" by the California Department of Justice, including having child safety features like loaded chamber indicators and magazine disconnects, and meet specified firing and drop safety tests.

Since 2010, there has been an explosion of semi-automatic handguns being modified into single-shot handguns to get around California's "Unsafe Handgun" law, thereby eroding the law's intent. For example, in 2013, more than 18,000 of these altered weapons were purchased in the state, up from just 1,100 in 2009, according to the bill's author, Assembly Member Roger Dickinson.
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