Brown signs gun control bill

Published: Thursday, May. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 2, 2013 - 8:22 am

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to increase funding for a state effort to confiscate weapons from people who are prohibited from owning them because of mental illness or violent criminal pasts.

Senate Bill 140 was one of a number of gun control proposals introduced by California Democrats after the December shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The measure found bipartisan support in the Legislature, despite opposition from the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups.

The legislation directs $24 million to the state Department of Justice to improve enforcement efforts associated with the state's Armed Prohibited Persons System, a database that helps officials identify people who are no longer allowed to possess guns.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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