California would ban the sale of all semiautomatic rifles that accept removable magazines, slap a hefty tax on ammo, and require every gun owner to take a yearly safety course under a new package of firearms laws that would give the Golden State the nation's strongest gun controls.
These and many other proposed firearms laws were announced late last
week by leading state Democrats and the mayors of San Francisco and Los
Angeles. Many of the laws are expected to pass, in part because the
Democratic Party in California now controls the governor's mansion and a
supermajority in the Legislature.
"As it is with many issues, California is out front on firearms
regulations," said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for California Senate
President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. "We don't represent the NRA. We
don't think that the NRA represents the majority of Californians, by a
California's newly proposed gun laws would: