Gun Control Legislation Heads to Governor's Desk

Published On : 4/23/2013 12:19 PM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

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The first major piece of gun control legislation this session is headed to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the bill is designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

The state Department of Justice has the only system in the nation that confiscates guns from felons, people who are deemed mentally unstable, or who have a warrant or restraining order against them. Lawmakers have sent Governor Brown a bill that would provide the Department 24-million dollars to help clear up a confiscation backlog.

An estimated 20-thousand Californians own guns illegally. The money would come from the gun “Dealer Record of Sale” account. The account holds fees raised from the sale or transfer of firearms. The bill passed in the Senate on a 37 to 0 vote. If it is signed by the Governor it would take effect immediately.

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