California Democrats were able to push through several new gun control bills this week in what opponents are calling “GunMegeddon.”
Ten anti-gun bills were under consideration, seven of which survived their first vote and now move to various appropriations committees.
The proposals include restrictions on homemade guns, retroactive bans on grandfathered firearms and magazines, outlawing the use of ammunition magazines that can be detached with the press of a button, founding a state-run Firearm Violence Research Center, changing how California defines “assault weapons” and “ammunition” and requiring the reporting of stolen guns, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Opponents to the bills, including gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association, California Rifle and Pistol Association and the Firearms Policy Coalition, say that they only affect law-abiding gun owners and don’t make the public any safer.
“Today we want to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens who have been collecting guns,” said Republican State Sen. John Moorlach, who voted against the bill.
“People should be able to own any kind of gun they want to own in the United States of America,” said Ed Worley, of the National Rifle Association.
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