On the heels of the country’s deadliest shooting, gun safety advocates will swarm the Capitol today to lobby lawmakers for tougher gun loan restrictions.
The state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is calling on legislators to pass Assembly Bill 1511, which would close a loophole in the law allowing people to borrow guns from someone they know to dodge criminal background checks.
The bill, co-sponsored by the group and Everytown for Gun Safety, tightens legislation to only permit gun loans between the gun owner and a parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild. If the firearm is a hand gun, the person making the loan must register the weapon.
The bill passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee with a 4-2 vote Tuesday and is among a package of gun-safety bills currently moving through the Legislature. Additional measures would expand the state’s assault weapons ban, prohibit the possession of magazines of more than 10 rounds and establish registration rules for homemade guns, among others.
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Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, will join more than 100 volunteers in a rally at 11 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.
LOW H20: With the summer heating up, water is a daily topic at the Capitol and an ongoing concern for the state’s agriculture industry. Conversations took a particularly grim tone this week: the Sierra snowpack is all but melted and forecasters are calling for a dry fall and winter. As the water supply dwindles, environmental, water and policy experts gather at the Capitol today to discuss the concept of water markets, allowing farmers to trade water rights. The panel begins at 9:30 a.m. in room 126.
NONPROFIT: A new annual tradition is kicking off in Sacramento today: California Nonprofits Day. About 70 Lawmakers will mingle with the Legislature’s “Nonprofits of the Year” at a luncheon featuring talks from Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg and Jan Masaoka, the chief executive of CalNonprofits, an alliance of over 10,000 nonprofits. Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, will receive an award for “his service as a legislative champion of the nonprofit sector,” according to CalNonprofits. The lunch begins at noon at the Sheraton Grand on J Street.
BUS SAFETY: The parents of a 19-year-old special needs student who died last year in Whittier after being left unattended on a bus for hours will testify before the State Assembly Education Committee in support of a bill bearing their son’s name. The Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law, also known as Senate Bill 1070, requires schools to establish safe student transportation procedures and guidelines. The bill also calls for buses to install child safety alarms, which force drivers to walk to the back of the bus to check for children. The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. in room 126.
CELEBRATE: Happy birthdays all around to Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica; Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.