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California Lawmaker Proposes Extension Of Gun Control Law

— A state lawmaker proposed Monday that California extend its requirement that gun buyers undergo background checks and register their weapons to anyone who assembles a firearm in their home.

The legislation by state Sen. Kevin de Leon is part of a growing effort across the country to preempt the spread of undetectable guns that can be made using 3-D printers. His bill also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

De Leon said he is trying to address a twin threat from what he called "ghost guns" — plastic guns that can slip through metal detectors and unregistered weapons that can fall into the hands of people who are legally prohibited from owning firearms under state law.

"Currently, no one knows they exist until after a crime has been committed," said de Leon, a leading candidate to take over as Senate leader next year.

That was the case for John Zawahri, who assembled his own military-style assault rifle and killed five people in Santa Monica in a June rampage even after he was barred from legally buying a gun in California because of mental health issues.

The bill by De Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, goes further than the federal government, which last month renewed for 10 years an existing ban on plastic firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

His bill, SB808, would allow the manufacture or assembly of homemade weapons, but require the makers to first apply to the state Department of Justice for a serial number that would be given only after the applicants undergo a background check. The number would have to be engraved on or otherwise permanently attached to the weapon within one day of its manufacture.

He plans to amend the bill to also require that the guns contain permanent pieces of metal that could be detected by X-ray machines and metal detectors, a proposal that was blocked in the federal legislation. Some plastic guns currently comply with the federal law by including a metal piece that can be removed, which potentially would allow them to be slipped through security screeners at airports, courthouses, schools and elsewhere.

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wesbaker00 | June 24, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

California wants to remove all gun rights from its citizens, which is insane. A well-armed society is a safe society. The reason all the large cities in the US are unsafe is due to oppressive gun control policies. Look at NY, LA, SF, SD, and Chicago. Laws like this dramatically increase the odds of a criminal with guns to get away with a crime. We have a constitutional right to own a fire arm, just like people have a constitutional right to freedom of speech. As a California citizen, I find it very disturbing that a person wants to remove my gun rights, and expects me to lie down and die when a criminal threatens my family in my own home. The Supreme Court ruled that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, but they have a gun to protect themselves. This will not save my family in time of need, but if I have a gun then I can save them. I guess you can call me a gun nut for having this view. In San Diego, the police force has been trying to keep concealed weapon permits away from its citizens, so they can force more guns polices when something bad happens. They lost a Supreme Court case for that. Look, we have bad thing happen, but do we need to mitigate the risk with people loosing there rights? People will look back and say that was the turning point we lost control to the liberal idealism taking over this country. Today, if someone feels left out or threatened, we come up with some laws to please them, and make them feel safe. Just remember, that these laws only enforce a fails sense of security in the end, and that a person cannot protect themselves from the criminals when they come knocking.

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