FRESNO, California (KSEE) – Governor Gavin Newsom signed 15 bills on Friday aimed at strengthening California’s gun violence protection laws.
The laws range from limiting the amount of firearms someone can buy in a month to broadening California’s gun violence restraining order policies.
“No state does it as well or as comprehensively as the state of California and we still have a long way to go,” said Governor Newsom.
California is the first state to allow employers, coworkers, and teachers to seek gun restraining orders if they feel someone is a danger to themselves or others. Previously, the option was limited to law enforcement officers or immediate family.
A law passed in 1999 limited the purchase of handguns to one per month, per person. The new law expands that limitation to include long guns. Those under 21 won’t be able to buy a semi-automatic center-fire rifle.
“They came out guns blazing no pun intended,” said The Firing Line owner Jacob Belemijian.
Gun advocates like Belemjian, say the gun control laws are tools in a political game.
“They are passing things to make themselves look good, to make them look like they are doing things, they pull at people’s heartstrings with these laws yet they accomplish nothing,” said Belemjian.
He says the bills violate gun owner’s rights.
“They are all bad and none of them is going to do anything to make things better to make people safer which is what all of us want,” said Belemjian.
On Friday, the Governor credited stricter gun laws to a 62% decline in California’s gun murder rate compared to 34% nationwide between 1993 and 2017.
“This continues California’s leadership in terms of gun safety,” said Newsom.
View all the bills signed by the Governor by clicking here.