SF Gate: State Senate passes ambitious gun-control measures

The state Senate passed nearly a dozen gun-control bills Thursday, saying the package of legislation is the most ambitious action ever taken to protect communities from gun violence.

Crafted in response to the mass shooting in San Bernardino in December, the 11 bills add to California’s existing reputation for having some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber (Tehama County), said the package of legislation will do little to stop criminals.

“The criminals will not be affected. They laugh at this,” Gerber said. “These bills disarm the law-abiding public.”

The Firearms Policy Coalition, a Second Amendment advocacy group, condemned the package of bills, saying they amounted to nothing more than a turf war between lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is pushing a “Safety for All” ballot initiative carrying many of the same gun-control provisions the Senate passed on Thursday.

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