Portantino Gun Safety Package Clears Senate Committee

Published : Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 11:21 AM

A trio of gun safety safety bills proposed by local State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D) cleared the Senate Public Safety Commitee April 1.

In a press statement issued the same day, Portantino’s office said bills SB 61, SB 172, and SB 376 all received the committee’s imprimatur.

SB 61, which passed on a 5 to 2 vote, would limit the number of arms an individual can purchase in California to one a month.

SB 172, which passed on a 6 to 0 vote, broadens the types of offenses that can be considered “firearm storage crimes,” triggering a 10-year ban on gun ownership. The bill expands on Child Access Prevention laws aimed at lowering rates of unintentional firearm deaths among children by mandating their proper locking and storage.

SB 376 passed on a 5 to 1 vote with one abstention. It is largely a legislative “fix” bill that standardizes the term “frequency” as it applies to unlicensed firearms vendors.  It would reduce the number of firearms an unlicensed individual can sell over the course of a year as well as the frequency with which they can do so.

“Every day, we seem to read about terrible gun tragedies as innocent lives are taken from families and loved ones. It is my hope that these bills can prevent some of these horrendous situations,” said Senator Portantino.

The bills’ next stop is the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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