Valley gun shop sees impact of new gun laws

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation's toughest gun ownership restrictions on our state.
October 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation's toughest gun ownership restrictions on California. The governor also signed several new gun control laws.

Many of the shelves at Gimlet Guns were out of stock Friday. Store owner Sharon Mayfield said it's not because she's selling out, it's because she can't keep up with the current gun laws.

"If this keeps up I don't have the rights to protect myself when the Sandy Hook shooting happened, everybody decided they had to have something," Mayfield said.

Twenty-six people lost their lives, including 20 children in the massacre. Since then lawmakers in California have pushed to pass tougher laws including one that banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines. But on Friday Governor Jerry Brown vetoed that bill saying it was too far-reaching.

"The fact he vetoed it is wonderful, it really is a relief there is going to be a lot of people out there who are happy," Mayfield said.

Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg proposed the legislation.

"I believe aggressive action is precisely what's needed to reduce the carnage in our communities, and to counter the equally aggressive action by the gun industry," Steinberg said.

The legislation was among 18 gun bills considered by the governor. He signed 11 into law and vetoed seven. One new law bans kits that allow people to turn regular ammunition magazines into high-capacity magazines. Another bill passed by the governor makes California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting. Gun advocates say all the new laws infringe on their way of life.

"It's our right to own guns and it's just getting harder to get certain guns get ammo and the price. The price has doubled and tripled on all guns," Cleve Glenn from Chowchilla said.


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