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SB-374 Firearms: assault weapons.(2013-2014)

Senate:
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Veto
Assembly:
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Bill Status
SB-374
Steinberg (S) , Hancock (S) , Yee (S)
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Firearms: assault weapons.
03/23/13
An act to amend Sections 30515 and 30900 of, and to add Section 30902 to, the Penal Code, relating to firearms.
Senate
09/18/13
09/06/13

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
02/27/14 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/11/13 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/11/13 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/20/13 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
09/12/13 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 21. Noes 15. Page 2432.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 374 without my signature.

The State of California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including bans on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

While the author's intent is to strengthen these restrictions, this bill goes much farther by banning any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine. This ban covers low-capacity rifles that are commonly used for hunting, firearms training, and marksmanship practice, as well as some historical and collectible firearms. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of current gun owners would have to register their rifles as assault weapons and would be banned from selling or transferring them in the future.

Today I signed a number of bills that strengthen California's gun laws, including AB 48, which closes a loophole in the existing ban on dangerous high-capacity magazines. I also signed AB 1131 and SB 127, which restrict the ability of mentally unstable people to purchase or possess guns.

I don't believe that this bill's blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners' rights.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.