SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago authored legislation supported by the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to limit the amount of firearms that may be purchased at one time.
Earlier Tuesday, the Majority Whip of the State Assembly, Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), introduced Assembly Bill 1674 to help reduce gun violence in California. AB 1674 caps the amount of firearms that may be purchased by a person at one per month, the same restriction currently in place for handguns.
“Reducing gun violence is an issue that is of vital importance to me,” said Assemblymember Santiago.
“It is mind boggling that a person, no matter their intentions, could purchase as many rifles or shotguns that they want at any given time,” continued the Assembly member. “This is a common sense solution to gun violence in California.”
Over the past ten years, Californians have typically purchased more long guns than handguns, including 538,149 guns in 2013. Of the 26,682 crime guns entered into the California Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Automated Firearms Systems database in 2009, 11,500 were long guns. Furthermore, DOJ has found that half the illegal firearms recovered from prohibited persons are long guns .
The California Legislature enacted a law to limit the purchase of handguns to one per person per month in 1999. We encourage the Legislature to enact AB 1674 to impose similar limitations on the purchases of long guns, given the significant role they play in our gun violence epidemic. AB 1674 would not unduly burden law-abiding Californians, who would still be able to buy 12 long guns a year."
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