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.
California lawmakers are looking for ways to address some of the challenges faced by male minorities in the state.
Pro-choice lawmakers are backing a bill in the California Assembly that seeks to ensure pregnant women know they have access to abortions.
The California Medical Association has changed its position on a physician aid in dying bill currently in the state Senate.
Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
Not everyone is happy with the revised budget proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. But he does have the approval of the Community College system. Brown attended the Community College Board of Governors meeting today.