FAIRFIELD — A legislative effort to expand a firearms ban imposed against criminals gained ground this week in the state Assembly.
Senate Bill 755 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, aims to prevent gun violence by making several additions to the list of crimes subject to a 10-year firearms prohibition in California. It cleared the Assembly Public Safety Committee this week and moved to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The bill would add multiple drug or alcohol offenses within a three-year period, taking a firearm or weapon from a police officer, threatening an officer, bringing or carrying ammunition onto school grounds, and several gang-related offenses to the list of offenses that currently trigger a 10-year prohibition on carrying firearms.
Current federal law requires that all convicted felons, drug addicts, domestic violence offenders, those deemed mentally ill by the courts and several other offense categories are prohibited for life from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition.
California in 1990 added a 10-year prohibition for those convicted of violent misdemeanors. A decade later, California created the Armed Prohibited Persons System, a system endorsed by the National Rifle Association that tracks people who are prohibited by federal or state law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
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