Published : Saturday, September 1, 2018 | 5:53 AM
Senate bills 1100 and 1177, both gun control bills authored by Pasadena-area Senator Anthony J. Portantino, have passed both the State Senate and State Assembly and are headed to the Governor’s desk for signature into law.
SB 1100 raises the age for anyone to be allowed to purchase firearms to 21 years. SB 1177 prohibits the purchase of more than one long gun a month. Both bills make California law consistent for handguns and long guns.
“I am so glad to have the support of my colleagues to make California a safer place to live and raise a family,” Portantino said in a press statement. “As a dad and a legislator, I am determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced. I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act. These bills create simple fixes to existing California law to help the safety of every citizen.”
Under current law, people under 21 are prohibited from purchasing a handgun. However, the minimum age to purchase a long gun, such as a rifle, is 18 years. SB 1100 increases the minimum age to purchase a long gun, with certain exceptions, to provide parity with the state’s existing handgun laws. SB 1177 does the same in regard to the frequency of long gun purchases.
Portantino previously authored legislation outlawing the open carry of unloaded handguns and long guns. He has worked closely with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence during his tenure in the legislature.
Portantino’s office said SB 1100 is supported by Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities, California Contract Cities Association, Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pasadena and the cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, Duarte, Glendale, Signal Hill, Thousand Oaks, Norwalk, and Carson.
SB 1177 is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Bay Area Student Activists, California chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the City of Santa Monica, and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.