California lawmakers will be taking a vote to further tighten the state’s gun restrictions following a pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
According to the Sacramento Bee, one bill which has been introduced to the legislature and will soon be facing a vote is a limitation on gun purchases. The new bill would bar people from buying more than one gun per month.
“No more thoughts and prayers,” California Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat representing a district in San Francisco, said in a tweet. “Time to take more action so we can go to work, school and festivals in peace without fear of getting shot.”
State senator Anthony Portantino, who authored the bill, echoed: “We cannot let violent gun tragedies become normalized and California must continue every effort on getting guns out of the wrong hands, which included this teen.”
After introducing the bill in January, Portantino argued, “one-gun purchase per month should be more than adequate for the law-abiding citizen.”
“California may be a Western State, but it’s no longer the Wild West,” he added per the report. “A person shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun store and come out with an arsenal.”
From the Sacramento Bee:
To stymie the flow of weapons into the market, Senate Bill 61 would prohibit anyone from purchasing more than one firearm, specifically long guns, per month.
The legislation also prohibits selling semiautomatic rifles to any person under 21.
The Gilroy gunman, identified as Santino William Legan, was 19. He was killed by police shortly after using what witnesses described as a rifle to gun down festival attendees, including a 6-year-old boy who was shot dead.
Another bill which is expected to face a vote would expand opportunities for people to file a report on gun owners should they pose a threat to themselves or others:
The Gun Violence Restraining Order law in California allows family members, spouses and domestic partners to report someone with a gun if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Ting introduced legislation that would expand who can petition a court for an order to include an employer and coworker, as well as school faculty members.
“The idea of the law is that for those who have direct contact with a person, they may be the first to see trouble and these warning signs,” said Amanda Wilcox, legislation and policy chair for California’s Brady United Against Gun Violence campaign. “It might not be a family member that sees the warnings signs, so this would enable others who have direct contact to seek the order.”
Another Brady-backed bill would require the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to ramp up training on gun violence restraining orders.
Current basic training does not touch on these orders, according to the analysis on Assembly Bill 165. Effective January 2021, this proposal would mandate the basic training to include filing a petition for the orders, and aiding officers in identifying when one is necessary.
Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Encino, wrote the bill, and is also a member of the Legislature’s gun violence prevention working group that was founded in collaboration with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.
“The tragic events in Gilroy are a further reminder that thoughts and prayers from Washington won’t keep us safe,” Gabriel said in a statement. “Gun violence restraining orders are a powerful tool that can help prevent mass shootings by allowing police to temporarily confiscate weapons from individuals who pose an immediate threat to the community.”
Several of these measures were previously introduced under former California Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed them.
California lawmakers adjourn on September 13 and will have to vote on these measures prior to that date should they hope to enact them in this session, ABC News reports.