California Senator Leland Yee’s SB 47 (new ‘Assault Weapons’ ban) and SB 108 (mandatory safe storage) are out

California State Senator Leland Yee (D – San Mateo) has already put one spot bill, SB 47 (the forthcoming ‘Assault Weapon’ / “bullet button” ban) over the desk in Sacramento. It appears that SB 108, a bill mandating ‘safe storage’ for all firearms and imposing criminal liability on all current and future gun owners, will soon be on the radar as well.

Based on a copy of the text we just received, it appears that Sen. Yee’s SB 47 will create a new category of California Assault Weapons that effectively reaches all semi-automatic centerfire rifles and shotguns which do not have “an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.” Owners of existing “bullet button” and similarly “maglocked” firearms would be required to register with the California Department of Justice by July 1, 2014, including submission of the owner’s thumbprint. This, obviously, has severe implications for California gun owners and dealers, not to mention thousands of annual California visitors including law enforcement officers and those coming into California for firearms training

SB 108 is Sen. Yee’s attempt to mandate safe storage of all firearms, to wit: “No person 18 years of age or older who is the owner, or leaseholder, or renter, or other legal occupant of a residence while outside of that residence shall keep a firearm he or she owns or has legal possession of in that residence [unless that firearm is stored in one of the following ways:]….”

Learn more about the various Federal and state-level gun bills that are in play at The Issues. The current (as of 1/14/13) text of California SB 47 and SB 108 are below.

SB 47 text

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SB 108 text

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