AM Alert: California gun control bills arrive on Senate floor

by Placerville Newswire / May 19, 2016 / comments

Once again, gun control is on the agenda in Sacramento. 

Debate on the Senate floor today will center on a raft of bills that would regulate ammo sales, create a UC gun violence research center , prohibit "bullet buttons," banlarge-capacity magazines and require serial numbers for home-made "ghost guns."

Given the liberal bent of the Senate, there shouldn't be much suspense around whether the measures advance today. More interesting are the dynamics with other elected officials.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, has urged Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to back off with his ammo control ballot initiative , arguing it would discourage gun control bills. Senators will need to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown, who in recent years has vetoed a ban on some semi-automatic weapons and a "ghost guns" registration bill that was fairly similar to the current iteration, writing that "I can't see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety." The Assembly has its own set of bills.

DEATH SENTENCE: Emotional death penalty hearings at the Capitol this week previewed the issue again illuminating the political firmament. Today proponents of a proposed November ballot measure to speed up death penalty cases – among them Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sacramento County SheriffScott Jones – will hold a 10 a.m. press conference outside the Sacramento registrar's office to announce they've got enough signatures to make the ballot. Advocates of ending capital punishment are still gathering signatures for their initiative.