State lawmakers losing fight to enact more gun control legislation in Sacramento
Local Assemblymember says passage is unlikely
Last Updated: 116 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - As the battle over gun control legislation appears to be going nowhere on a federal level, the fight continues in Sacramento.
California already has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books, but there are currently more than two dozen new bills working their way through the state's legislature.
Following the Sandy Hook shootings, nearly 60 gun control bills were written, but now eight months later, just 26 remain.
Assemblymember Shannon Grove, a Republican representing the 34th District, said she doesn't believe any of the current proposals will make it through to the Governor's desk, and if they do, he won't sign them.
"Even though Democrats have a super majority, there a quite a few who represent pro-gun districts," said Grove, "and they don't have votes to pass such legislation."
Of the bills that remain, Grove said two are getting a lot of attention; SB 53 that involves a $50 fee and application submitted to the Department of Justice to purchase ammunition, and, SB 293 that defines an "owner-authorized handgun" as one that has a permanent programmable biometric, or fingerprint technology, in order to operate.
Grove believes neither one will pass.
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