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Gun Control Bills Pass Calif. Senate After Lengthy Debate

CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

Sen. Rod Wright (D-South Los Angeles), at right, was the Democrat who most strongly opposed his party's gun control efforts.

CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

The seven measures passed the Democratic-controlled chamber with votes to spare.

Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) says her bill that would ban the possession of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds would not stop anyone from legally keeping a gun at home.  “It prohibits high capacity magazines which have no purpose in hunting or target shooting, but only to kill as many people as possible and in as short a time as possible,” Hancock says.

Republicans and a few Democrats spoke in opposition.  “This doesn’t solve any crime,” said Sen. Rod Wright (D-South Los Angeles), arguing against a measure that would require permits to buy ammunition.  “It only inhibits law-abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.  It shouldn’t be in law.  It’s not going to stand up in court.  And you’re going to pay the [National Rifle Association].  I ask for a no vote.”

Other measures would ban semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines and require gun buyers to take written tests covering the state’s gun laws and safety techniques.


Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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