Bill Co-sponsor Amanda Wilcox, with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says 3D plastic printing technology is getting better and cheaper, and laws like this are an attempt to keep up.
“Before our communities are flooded with guns that have been printed at home, we have this mechanism to make sure the gun owner has gone through a background check and there’s a record of the gun,” says Wilcox.
Under the proposed law, permanent, detectable metal parts would be required on guns. The home-made guns would also have to be registered with the state Department of Justice. The bill would require owners of so-called “ghost guns” to undergo background checks.
Gun owner groups say the bill would only effect law-abiding citizens and have no effect on crime.
The measure next goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.
California’s earthquake early warning system is up and running – but there’s no money or infrastructure to distribute alerts to the general public yet. A conference at UC Berkeley Wednesday discussed the issue.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.