On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a collection of gun control bills that outlaw high-capacity ammunition magazines and that expand the definition of what assault weapons are prohibited. The Democrats in the legislature sought to rush through these measures before their summer break.
California is already a state with some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. As Brown said during the signing,
“My goal in signing these bills is to enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
The bills that Brown signed ban bullet buttons, which allow the user to quickly change the magazine of a military-style weapon. The bills also require background checks for those purchasing ammunition.
Brown also used this time to veto some bills including one that would have meant that co-workers, educators and mental health professionals can’t request a restraining order that would forbid people who are deemed dangerous from owning guns.
Some, of course, are furious with the steps that Brown has taken, and are calling the bills “Gunpocalypse.” As Craig DeLuz, the spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition said,
“The California Legislature showed their true faces today. They abused the legislative process to enact their depraved anti-civil rights agenda.”