California Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban
Governor Brown had 18 gun-related bills on his desk, and although he vetoed this particular bill, he signed 11 others into law. Had he signed this particular bill, it would have banned sales of most semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. I just can’t imagine how doing that would reduce crime. Apparently the governor agrees, but how many lawmakers were pushing to get this through? Do they understand what they are doing?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation’s toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, saying it was too far-reaching.
The legislation would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
It was lawmakers’ latest attempt to close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to work around previous assault weapon bans. Gun rights groups had threatened to sue if the semi-automatic weapons ban became law.
“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,” the Democratic governor wrote in his veto message.
He also noted that California already has some of the nation’s strictest gun and ammunition laws. . . .
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