In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, state lawmakers are considering a heavy stack of gun-control bills that could make California the most heavily legislated state in the country when it comes to firearms.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that lawmakers in California are considering a number of bills that would restrict and regulate firearms in the state far beyond any other state so far. Some of the proposals include strict new regulations on ammunition, and bans on a range of semi-automatic weapons.
The wave of proposals may bring a fresh push to the national gun control debate, which saw furious activity in the months following December 2012, when 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Gun control advocates hope that California legislation will break the inertia on the national level, reports the Mercury News.
On the other hand, gun-rights supporters believe that Washington will not be affected by changes to California law. Speaking to the Mercury News, senior vice president Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said, “We constantly see a barrage of anti-gun, anti-industry legislation being introduced in California, far more than in any other state.”
Gun control proposals outnumber other subjects for bills waiting to be heard by California legislators, including fracking and health care reform. There are proposals to require the disposal of high-capacity magazines, ban all semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines, ban lead ammunition used for hunting, place a 10 percent tax on ammunition, and make leaving a gun unlocked when your home is unoccupied a crime.
If the current gun-control legislation is passed, more Californians are likely to be arrested. Vitaly Sigal, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, offers aggressive defense representation for people who have been charged with a variety of crimes, including gun-related crime.
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