Senators take aim at guns

Posted at 7:42 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 22:43:18-04

California lawmakers are considering a series of new bills that could change gun laws forever.

The State Senate passed several bills onto the Assembly Thursday that do everything from forcing people to undergo background checks to buy ammunition (SB 1235) to a bill that would outlaw owning an ammunition clip that holds more than 10 rounds (SB 1446).

“They try this year after year after year,” said a frustrated Darin Prince of the North County Firearms store in San Marcos. “This year is egregious.  There are ten bills moving forward, most of which are horrendous.”

Prince said it’s horrendous for gun owners and retailers.  “This year I’m dumfounded,” he said. “In the past, I’ve been angry but this year the onslaught of these bills- dumfounded is the best word.”

Three bills specifically require background checks for people to buy bullets.  Prince said that would cost the buyer more and outlaw on-line sales.  “It would drive people into the store but it’s not what we want,” he said.

He added gun stores in other states, right on the other side of the border, would reap the rewards.  A bill by State Senator Loni Hancock would ban ammunition clips holding more than ten bullets.  Prince read the bill and said it would outlaw clips already owned by Californians.  “If you’ve owned them legally 16 years, or 30 years, this law will instantly make you a criminal,” he said.

10News sent some of Prince’s quotes to a couple of the State Senators Friday.  They haven’t been able to respond as of Friday evening.