One measure bans Californians from openly carrying a handgun in public. Another will require records of "long gun" sales and transfers to be preserved, rather than destroyed, starting in 2014. And a third could enhance efforts to seize firearms from someone who doesn't have a criminal record when purchasing a gun but later commits a felony. That bill's author is Democratic State Senator Mark Leno:
Leno: "The situation's getting only worse, more expensive. We need some funds to be able to confiscate these guns, and with the signing of this bill, there will be some funds identified."
Republicans are criticizing the governor's signatures. Assemblyman Jim Nielsen says the new laws "interfere with the peoples' most fundamental Second Amendment rights to bear arms" and "turn honest citizens into criminals.
As for bills not related to gun control, Brown signed measures banning minors from using tanning beds and grocery stores from selling alcohol in self-checkout lanes. He also signed a measure that will allow state financial aid for college students who are undocumented immigrants. Overall, the governor vetoed about 14 percent of the 870 measures that crossed his desk. Among them: a bill that would have added an extra hurdle to development projects with superstores like Wal-Mart.