New California laws address assault rifles, student loans

California Assault Weapons
Posted at 1:29 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-29 16:30:47-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Several new California laws take effect Thursday, when the new fiscal year begins. Among them is a measure expanding California’s ban on buying more than one handgun in a 30-day period to include semiautomatic centerfire rifles. That includes some rifles that meet California’s definition of an assault rifle.

Laura’s Law, a 2002 measure that allows judges to require intensive mental health outpatient treatment, becomes permanent. To qualify a person must have a serious mental illness and recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations, incarceration or violent behavior.

Other new laws aid student loan borrowers and help homeowners who lose property in wildfires.