Published : Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:26 PM
Pasadena Senator Anthony J. Portantino has submitted amendments to SB 1100 that were drafted to prevent gun violence by prohibiting a person from making more than one firearm purchase within a 30-day period in California, and increasing the age requirement for purchasing all firearms to 21 years.
The amendments, submitted Wednesday, follow Portantino’s long record of supporting gun control. He has previously authored legislation to prevent gun violence, and another measure to end the open carry of firearms on California’s main streets.
“Like most Americans, I was horrified by recent events in Florida,” Portantino said. “As a father of a high school sophomore, I can’t stop thinking about the unnecessary nightmare that this tragedy caused for the affected families. I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act.”
The Senator said the amendments he submitted should create a simple fix to existing law.
“While Washington bows to pressure from the NRA and the President continues to struggle with gun safety in spineless leadership, in California the safety of every citizen should be a priority for all of us,” Portantino added.
Portantino is the author of SB 497 which included the purchase limitations in the new amendments. The bill was supported by the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, All Saints Church Pasadena, California Teen Council, Coalition against Gun Violence, Courage Campaign, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Women against Gun Violence.
He said he is seeking community support for the “sensible and necessary” proposals.