Spurred by mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and Arizona, the
California Senate on Wednesday approved seven bills to tighten
regulations on guns and ammunition.
The measures would:
• Outlaw detachable magazines in rifles and so-called button bottoms;
• Prohibit magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition;
• Require background checks for all buyers and sellers of ammunition;
• Reclassify certain shotguns as assault weapons;
• Require all gun buyers to take a firearm-safety certificate class;
• Expand crimes
that would result in a 10-year ban on owning or buying firearms.
Additions include drug- and alcohol-related offenses, hazing, violations
of protective orders and court-ordered mental health treatment.
legislation cleared the Democratic-controlled chamber on party-line
votes. All Republicans voted against the measures; four Democrats voted
against the ammunition background checks.
The bills move to the Assembly, which is also controlled by Democrats.