State Senator Looks to Limit Ammunition with New Bill
More gun control legislation is coming down the pipes, as another state senator has announced plans to introduce more restrictions.
Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced Tuesday morning that he will draft a bill that would require anyone buying ammunition in California to first obtain a permit.
To get the permit, a person would have to pass a background check, de León’s office noted.
“For the sake of our children and the memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, it’s time for an honest and rationale debate on gun control and how to keep ammunition out of the hands of criminals,” de León said in a statement.
This proposed legislation comes off the heels of another proposal by State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). Yee announced Monday that he would be seeking to close the so-called “loophole” in California’s assault weapons ban.
“There’s a gaping loophole in that particular bill because you can make modifications to assault weapons and then can, in fact, purchase and use that weapon,” Yee told FOX40 Monday.
De León’s office notes that, while there has been legislation on guns, almost no laws on ammunition have been enacted in California.
The National Rifle Association has been silence since Newtown, CT elementary school massacre. However, other organizations – like the National Association for Gun Rights – have been voicing their displeasure as calls for more gun control have increased.
“My prayers and those of my staff here at the National Association for Gun Rights go out to the families of the victims. But already, like in so many cases from years past, the gun control lobby is shamelessly using the blood of innocents to advance their anti-gun agenda,” Dudley Brown, Executive Vice President for NAGR, wrote in a statement on Monday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein will also be introducing an assault weapons ban bill next month, her office announced Sunday.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m.):
The NRA released their first statement since the Newtown shooting around 1 p.m. In a short email, they wrote, “The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown. Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”
They added that they will be holding a news conference in Washington, DC on Friday.