SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano today introduced a bill, AB 500, that will reinforce California’s laws requiring safe storage of firearms. It also addresses shortcomings in gun sales regulation.
“This bill just helps ensure that only law-abiding gun owners have access to weapons,” Ammiano said. “California has strong laws to keep people safe from gun violence. AB 500 just addresses a couple of areas that needed a little tightening.”
California currently has laws that require safe storage of weapons when there is a child in the home. The law makes gun owners criminally liable for incidents that occur when a child has access to a firearm as a result of the failure to properly store a weapon.
AB 500, Guns - Safety in Storage and Sales, expands that requirement so that gun owners would provide the same safe storage when they know, or should reasonably know that someone who lives in the home is on the California Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) list. People on the APPS list have committed designated crimes or have been ajudicated with designated mental conditions that render them ineligible to possess a firearm.
A second provision of the bill allows the Department of Justice to add a seven-day extension to the mandated 10-day waiting period for weapons purchases when a background check cannot be completed in the 10 days. A limited number of complicated background checks – such as for a buyer who may have been arrested, but not convicted of a crime – can take longer than the 10 days. In some instances, gun dealers have released weapons once the 10 days passed, even though the checks were not complete.
A final provision simply requires documentation and reporting when a gun buyer has taken possession of a newly purchased firearm.
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