California Gov. Newsom signs a package of legislation to prevent gun violence

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a package of legislation to prevent gun violence, a problem confronting not just the station but the entire country.

On Friday, Gov. Newsom said, “Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, one that’s been enflamed by the inaction of politicians in Washington. While Washington has refused to act on even the most basic gun safety reforms, California is once again leading the nation in passing meaningful gun safety reforms.”

On the other hand, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, commented, “California continues to be a leader in fighting the threat of gun violence. The legislative package Governor Newsom signed today will help make California safer for all who call it home, and it shows the nation what committed, active, and thoughtful leadership on gun safety looks like.”

The former lawmaker added that her organization is “proud to have played a strong role in helping craft this package” of bills to become law.

The new laws come more than two months after the mass shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy where four people died including the shooter.

Some of the bills signed by Gov. Newsom

The newly-signed laws will strengthen the state’s existing gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) and regulation on firearms sales.

• AB 12—extends the duration of a GVRO to a maximum of five years.
• AB 61—allows an employer, coworker, or an employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a gun violence restraining order.
• AB 164—holds any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued out of state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction is operative.
• AB 339—requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.
• AB 1493—authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to petition to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.
• SB 61—prohibits the sale of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle to any person below 21 years of age, and applications to purchase more than one semiautomatic centerfire rifle in any 30-day period, with a few exceptions.
• SB 376—prevents individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by capping the number of annual sales at five transactions or 50 firearms.
• AB 645—packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention.
• AB 879—requires that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor starting in 2024.
• AB 1669—updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors, and ensures that sufficient funding is available for firearm regulatory efforts.
• AB 1297—requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.
• AB 893—prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the County of San Diego, the City of Del Mar, the City of San Diego.