The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

California seeks to adopt toughest US gun laws


SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - Weeks after New York enacted America's toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said on Thursday that they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre.

Democrats who control the state Legislature revealed 10 bills that they said would make California the most restrictive state for possessing firearms. They were joined at a Capitol news conference by the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

"California has always been a leader on the issue of gun safety," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "New York has stepped up and stepped forward. California needs to answer the call."

Among the bills is one that would outlaw the future sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines - a restriction that would prevent an assailant from quickly reloading. Lawmakers also want to make some prohibitions apply to current gun owners, not just to people who buy weapons in the future.