'Gunmageddon' restrictions face referenda drive & vaccines fight continues

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 12, 2016 / comments

If the signing of seven new firearms restrictions last month was the "gunmageddon," as California gun rights activists put it, then this is the scene where they suit up in preparation for a dangerous mission to stop the giant asteroid hurtling toward Earth.

They recently filed referenda in hopes of overturning all of the new laws, and the petition drive to qualify those measures for the ballot kicks off today. If they can collect nearly 366,000 signatures for each referendum by the end of the September (or Oct. 20, for one that was filed later), the laws will likely go before voters in November 2018, suspending them for at least two years.

Among the new laws, which would otherwise take effect next Jan. 1, are a required background check for ammunition purchases, a prohibition on the possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, a ban on semi-automatic rifles with magazines that can be detached with the push of a button, and registration of homemade firearms.

IN OTHER LEGAL NEWS: Opponents of last year's controversial law mandating vaccines for schoolchildren, which took effect on July 1, are in a federal courtroom in San Diego at 1:30 p.m. seeking a preliminary injunction against the rule while their broader lawsuit – claiming it was unconstitutional to repeal the state's religious and personal exemptions for vaccinations – proceeds. Their efforts to reverse the law via referendum and recall its author, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, have already failed.