California lawmakers work to reform state gun laws

LOS ANGELES, CA JANUARY 19, 2013 IN RESPONSE TO GUN CONTROL MEASURES TAKEN BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, GUN ADVOCATES HELD A NATIONWIDE "GUN APPRECIATION DAY" SATURDAY. BUSINESS WAS BRISK AT THE LOS ANGELES GUN CLUB BUT ACCORDING TO EMPLOYEE JOSEPH IM(CQ) THE CLUB IS BUSY EVERY WEEKEND. IM, LEFT, SHOWS THE WORKINGS OF A REVOLVER TO TAMARA VRAVIS(CQ) PRIOR TO VRAVIS GOING INTO THE SHOOTING RANGE. (PHOTO BY MICHAEL ROBINSON CHAVEZ/LOS ANGELES TIMES VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Monday was a big day in California as lawmakers passed three bills pertaining to gun control.

One of the most notable of the three bills is the effort to put a lifetime ban on the ownership of firearms by convicted domestic abusers.

The Democratic state legislatures sent the bills to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration. They are as follows: a lifetime ban on people placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in one year and new standard for residents to obtain a concealed weapon permit (eight hours of training and pass a live-fire shooting test)

“We must do more to ensure the safety of our survivors of domestic violence,” said Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D) on Monday, of the bill that extends the current 10-year ban.

While federal law prevents those convicted of domestic violence and abusers who have protective orders against them from purchasing and owning guns, there are some loose ends that need to be tied up. For instance, federal law is not applied to family members outside of spouses and children. It also doesn’t include boyfriend/girlfriend relationships or stalkers. The law also doesnt require the convicts to surrender their firearms. With this in mind state officials are in a predicament where they have to create and enforce local laws to protect the general public.

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  1. steven 2 months ago
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    In the recent Jacksonville shooting the shooter had a long history of mental illness, psychiatric drug treatments and hospital stays. The police were called to his house 25 times. But he had no trouble getting his guns legally.

  2. Patrick Hinnant 2 months ago
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    “a lifetime ban on people placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in one year”
    I understand individuals not being able to obtain weapons due to current/recent records pertaining to their psychological health. A lifetime ban in my eyes seems a bit unreasonable. Especially considering the possibility that people can be liberated of whatever issues they have faced previously. I would love to come on live and discuss this topic during a livestream one day.

  3. Anthony Sublett 2 months ago
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    Well less see how they handle this one. They need to tie up those loose ends boyfriends and family members cause a lot of problems!!!!

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