GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON GUN BILLS

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October 1, 2014 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills to regulate firearms, but vetoed a third.

Family members can now seek a temporarily restraining order in court to block gun use and purchase, short-term, by a person showing signs of mental instability.  Assembly Bill 1014 was prompted by the deadly shootings in Isla Vista near U.C. Santa Barbara, where family members had warned law enforcement that they feared the suspect was planning violence.

Victims of the Santa Barbara shooting had lobbied for the bill and cheered its signing. The bill was opposed by gun rights organizations.

Governor Brown also signed Senate Bill 199 into law, which requires that toy guns be brightly colored.  Recently several young people have been shot by officers who mistook realistic-looking toy guns for real weapons.

The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 808, however, which would have required owners to register firearms that they make themselves.  The measure was a response to new technology that could enable creation of guns in 3-D printers, but the Governor stated in vetoing the bill, “I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.”

The measures were among approximately 1,000 bills that the Governor signed or vetoed on the final day in which he can take action.