California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 bills into law last week that will, in part, expand the state’s confiscatory red-flag program and further restrict the lawful transfer of firearms and firearm parts.
“Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, one that’s been enflamed by the inaction of politicians in Washington,” said Gov. Newsom on Friday in a statement obtained by GunsAmerica.
“While Washington has refused to act on even the most basic gun safety reforms, California is once again leading the nation in passing meaningful gun safety reforms,” he continued.
The full raft of measures is listed below but the main takeaways are as follows:
Teachers, coworkers, employers, and employees will now have the power to “red flag” a gun owner they believe is a threat to themselves or others. Prior to this legislation, only family members, spouses, and police could request a gun-seizure order.
Additionally, the state increased the period for which a red flag order is valid. Under the new law, one can have their gun rights revoked for a maximum of five years as opposed to just 12 months.
On the gun sales front, no one under the age of 21 will be allowed to purchase a centerfire semiautomatic rifle. Moreover, all citizens will be limited to purchasing one (centerfire) semiautomatic rifle per month.
Private sales and transfers will also be affected. Gun owners who do not possess an FFL will be limited to five transactions or 50 firearms per year.
Permits to carry concealed firearms will likely increase as the $100 max on fees has been uncapped. Moving forward, municipalities may charge a “fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license…” whatever that amount may be.
Finally, the state will impose restrictions on the sale of 80 percent lowers starting in 2024. Sellers of these parts will need to obtain a license and all prospective purchasers will need to pass a background check.
Strengthening gun violence restraining orders
AB 12 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) extends the duration of a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) to a maximum of five years.
AB 61 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) allows an employer, coworker, or an employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a gun violence restraining order.
AB 164 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) holds any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued out of state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction is operative.
AB 339 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.
AB 1493 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to petition to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.
Regulating firearms sales
SB 61 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prohibits the sale of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle to any person under 21 years of age, and applications to purchase more than one semiautomatic centerfire rifle in any 30-day period, with a few exceptions.
SB 376 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prevents individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by capping the number of annual sales at five transactions or 50 firearms.
AB 645 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention.
AB 879 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) requires, starting in 2024, that the sale of firearms precursor parts be conducted through a licensed firearms precursor part vendor.
AB 1669 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors, and ensures that sufficient funding is available for firearm regulatory efforts.
AB 1297 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.
AB 893 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunitions at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the County of San Diego, the City of Del Mar, the City of San Diego.
AB 1548 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) codifies the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.
AB 1603 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) codifies the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence.
AB 521 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) requires, with the adoption of a resolution by the University of California, the UC Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis to develop multifaceted education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death.