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San Diego helps influence most recent gun reform laws

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 20:18:48-05

(KGTV) — California's start to 2020 began with several gun reforms influenced by San Diego.

Beginning in 2020, SB 61 went into effect, extending the current ban on buying more than one handgun within 30 days to include semiautomatic rifles. It also banned anyone under the age of 21 from buying a firearm and semiautomatic center-fire rifle in California.

The law, co-authored by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, tied up a loophole in state law that allowed the 19-year-old accused in the Poway synagogue to purchase his weapon.

AB 893 is set to go into effect in 2021 and prohibit gun and ammunition sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Todd Gloria in February in response to the Crossroads of the West gun show held at the fairgrounds for years prior.

A hotly debated topic, the gun show will continue through 2020. Gloria argues with the law that California shouldn't have a role in facilitating gun sales, but advocates say the shows are meant to promote gun safety and curb violence.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher co-authored AB 1968, which prohibits a person from owning a gun for the rest of their life once if they've been admitted to a health facility more than once within one year for being a danger to themselves or others. The bill was signed into law in 2018 and goes into effect this year.