Ammunition bill introduced in state Legislature

5:35 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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OAKLAND, CA - State and local leaders held a moment of silence to pay respects to the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Then Assem. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley introduced AB 48 to regulate ammunition sales in California.

"It is easier in California to buy bullets than to buy alcohol, cigarettes or pseudo-fed cold medicine," Skinner said.

Skinner's proposal seeks to require: Ammunition dealers be licensed; buyers to show identification; all sales be reported to the Department of Justice with local law enforcement notified when transactions involve large quantities; and the ban of conversion kits that allow high-capacity magazines.

Assem. Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, says that won't work.

"None of these measures had they been in place would have done a single thing to prevent what happened," he said.

In fact, Donnelly is readying a different proposal to get to have at least one anonymous person at each school armed.

"We haven't had a single hijacking since 9/11, and I think it's in large part due to the presence of air marshals," Donnelly said."So why don't we have a school marshal's program?"

As lawmakers hammer out how to improve school safety in California, Sen. state Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has been getting taunting messages for his proposal to close a loophole that enables shooters to re-load faster.

"Rather than deal with the heart of the issue, they resort to racist innuendos, suggestions. And it's really unfortunate," he said.

Nannette Miranda


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