SENATE DEMOCRATS’ FIRST BILL TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE APPROVE

SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) – co-author of Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) SB 140 – issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s approval of SB 140, part of a package of bills authored by Senate Democrats to reduce gun violence:

“I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this common sense bill to take guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people. Despite unreasonable opposition by the NRA and other gun advocates, the Senate overwhelmingly approved SB 140 today and I am hopeful that in the weeks ahead the Legislature will take similar action on the rest of our package to reduce gun violence.”

Yee is authoring SB 47 to prohibit the use of the bullet button and other devices that allow for changeable magazines on all military-style assault weapons, such as AR-15s. Under SB 47, featured weapons would only be allowed to have low capacity (10-round) ammunition magazines that could not be changed without dissembling the firearm action. Essentially, bullets could only be loaded one-by-one from the top of the gun.

Yee is also authoring SB 108 to require all guns to be properly stored when not in the possession of the owner.  Current law only requires that gun owners own a trigger lock or safety lock box for their weapon, but doesn’t require the safety device to be used on an idle firearm. Yee’s bill will specifically require that all guns be properly stored with a trigger lock or in a lock box at a residence when the owner is not present.