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Open thread: state Senate Dems’ gun control bills

I had many more quotes than I could use for our story about the big gun-control package rolled out today by state Senate Democrats. Among them, from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee:

“Violence does not know city borders and no single mayor can stop gun violence alone. But if we work together – as a region, as a state and as a nation – we can make a real impact. Under the leadership of President Steinberg, the Senate has taken a comprehensive look at existing law, strengthening what’s there and addressing loopholes, while addressing the enforcement backlog so that we can reduce gun violence and make Californians safer. We must do everything we possibly can to prevent another tragedy.”

And, from Chuck Michel, attorney and spokesman for the California Rifle and Pistol Association:

“This radical agenda proves what self defense civil rights advocates have been saying all along; all of the infringements until now were just a start, and this latest extreme civilian disarmament effort won’t be the end. Despite learning from PR professionals to pay lip service to the Second Amendment in order to placate and factionalize gun owners, these proposals show the true motive is to take away any meaningful choice of a firearm appropriate for defending one’s self or family, and to pull the Second Amendment’s teeth in the process.”

Thoughts, readers? Sound off, but keep your comments civil toward one another.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.