Gov. Brown Signs Bill Adding Single Shot Handguns to 'Unsafe' Guns List

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Adding Single Shot Handguns to 'Unsafe' Guns List

On July 18, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed AB 1964, adding single shot handguns to California’s unsafe gun roster.

Single shot handguns had previously been exempt.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the measure was sponsored by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and was supported by California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Proponents of the measure argued that “semi-automatic handguns, which are subject to safety requirements, can temporarily be configured as single-shot and then changed back,” thus skirting regulation. But the California Association of Federal Firearm Licensees opposed A.B. 1964, saying the “clear intent” of the bill was to “eliminate even more firearms in common use for lawful purposes from the non-peace officer… marketplace.”

Brown made no comment when he signed the bill.

He also signed A.B. 1591, which “speeds up communication between the courts and the State Department of Justice” regarding individuals “deemed to be prohibited from possessing a gun.”

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