Governor Signs AB 48 to Curb Gun Violence, Assemblymember Bonta Responds to Governor’s Veto on AB 180

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Assemblymember Skinner’s AB 48, Coauthored by Bonta, Tightens Ammunition Sales   

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce that Governor Brown signed AB 48, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and co-authored by Assemblymember Bonta. AB 48 seeks to curb gun violence by regulating and tightening ammunition sales in California and preventing the use of high-capacity magazines.  Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the Governor signed AB 48:

“While tragic shootings have been a devastating reality in the community of Oakland for many decades, we believe that some of these legislative efforts will help turn the tide on the violence. I was proud to coauthor AB 48 with Assemblymember Skinner. She has worked diligently for many years, taking a strong stand against gun violence in our community and in our state,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

The new law will make it illegal to purchase or possess “conversion kits,” which allow owners to convert their guns into assault-style weapons with large-capacity magazines that can fire many bullets quickly without reloading.

“Large-capacity magazines have no place on our streets," Skinner said.  “California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, but our laws are easily undermined by these blatant loopholes. I applaud Governor Brown for signing this legislation to protect our communities ravaged by gun violence.”    

Bonta added, “As the Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, I have convened hearings in Oakland and Stockton to help identify the root causes of gun violence in the East Bay and highlight successful efforts taken by key stakeholders to address the problem that can be replicated across our communities.”

Skinner and Bonta also collaborated this year on AB 180, which would have allowed the City of Oakland to enact local ordinances governing the licensing and registration of firearms, areas which are currently pre-empted by state law. “While I am disappointed that Governor Brown vetoed AB 180, I will continue to fight for Oakland to address the unacceptably high level of gun violence that is severely damaging our community.”

Assemblymember Bonta concluded, “In his veto message, Governor Brown stated that he was ‘mindful of the challenges the City of Oakland faces in addressing gun violence’. I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor (the former Mayor of Oakland) to identify ways that the state can most effectively assist Oakland in reducing gun violence and promoting public safety.”

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He Chairs the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee and the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay; and is a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.