Published : Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 5:36 PM
The California state Senate has passed SB 1100, authored by Pasadena-area state Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, which would prohibit anyone from purchasing more than one firearm within a 30-day period in the state.
The bill also increases the age requirement for purchasing all firearms to 21 years.
SB 1100 intends to amend certain sections of the Penal Code relating to firearms. Previously, the ban on purchasing more than one firearm within the 30-day period applied only to handguns. Portantino’s bill expands the coverage to all types of firearms.
“Today, I am proud that this important piece of legislation has passed the California State Senate,” Portantino said Tuesday when the bill passed. “This bill sends a clear message to those in Washington who continue to ignore the cries for change to our gun laws. Here in California we create change and respond to gun violence with sensible control. As a dad and a legislator I am determined to help California act appropriately.”
Portantino filed the bill in February, after a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 students and adults at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day.
“Like most Americans, I was horrified by recent events in Florida,” Portantino said at the time. “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. Our amendments 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.”
SB 1100 has several co-authors, including Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkley), Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymembers Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego).
SB 1100 is supported by the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the City of Santa Monica, and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The bill is now headed to the Assembly.