Skinner & Bonta urge passage of gun control bills

Two Assembly members and a flock of East Bay elected officials and community leaders gathered on an Oakland church’s steps Monday morning to urge the Legislature and governor to pass and enact gun-control measures.

Bonta-Skinner news conference - photo by Josh Richman“The Second Amendment’s purpose was not to have every citizen own assault weapons, it was not to protect gun violence in our communities,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, at the news conference outside Beebe Memorial Cathedral.

Skinner and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, urged the state Senate to pass two of Skinner’s bills: AB 48, which would ban conversion kits that let people create their own high-capacity ammunition magazines, and AB 1131, which would increases from six months to five years the period of time that someone is prohibited from possessing a firearm after communicating a threat of physical violence to a licensed psychotherapist.

They also urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill by Bonta that the Legislature already has passed: AB 180, which would give Oakland special permission to pass and enforce gun registration and licensing ordinances that are stricter than state law.

Both lawmakers urged the public to flood the governor’s office with phone calls and letters of support for these bills.

Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley said he was among faith leaders who met with Vice President Joe Biden in January, weeks after the Newtown, Conn., shooting tragedy, to discuss how to deal with gun violence.

“In many of our communities, we have Newtown tragedies every day,” McBride said Monday, adding he knows the man – a father of young children – who was shot and killed early Sunday evening at Eighth and Page streets in Oakland. “We know one bill won’t solve all the problems, but it gets us closer… This is a moral issue we must respond to today.”

Skinner echoed that – “ We know that gun laws alone will not do this, will not solve it” – and called for local communities to unite behind zero-tolerance policies for gun violence.

The Legislature has a other gun-control bills to consider as well in this final week of its session, including:

  • SB 53 (De Leon) — to require a background check for all ammunition purchases and licenses for all sellers
  • SB 374 (Steinberg) — to ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and retroactively requires an ownership record for all guns
  • SB 396 (Hancock) — to outlaw ownership of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition
  • SB 567 (Jackson) — to update California’s definition of an illegal shotgun to include a shotgun with a revolving cylinder and a rifled bore
  • SB 683 (Block) – to expand safety certificate requirements to long guns, rather than just handguns
  • SB 755 (Wolk) — to expand list of convicts who can’t legally own guns to include of multiple drug or alcohol convictions, carrying ammunition onto school grounds, active participation in street gangs, and others
  • AB 711 (Rendon) — to ban use of lead ammunition by California hunters
  • 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.

    • JohnW

      George Zimmerman has been detained by Florida police for allegedly threatening his estranged wife with a gun at his parents home. But I’m sure it was in self defense.

    • RR Senile Columnist

      GZ is an excitable chap

    • Felix Hunziker

      Josh, can you please interview Gene Hoffman or Brandon of Calguns for some intelligent counterpoint to the unending stream of gun control articles?

    • Dustin

      I don’t think it’s fair that everybody’s using the tragedy of Newtown To act like this stuff repeats itself every three days. As an excuse to restripped and take away your fire In some places all you have is online purchases. You can just drive down the street to your local gun store And pray that they have the ammo that you need

    • @Felix Hunziker
      I have spoken with Brandon Combs CalGuns, and Craig DeLuz CAL-FFL many times over the past year. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Donnelly as well.
      Right now the bills which are being passed will not curb gun violence. Not one bit. None of the bills would have stopped the Okios University, Sandy Hook, or Aurora shootings. There is the drive for them to outlaw guns entirely within the state and they are almost there.

      With the signing of the micro stamping bill along with the now passed AB 538, there will be no new hand guns in California. If 374 passes along with what was passed in 538 all hand guns and rifles defined in the bills will need to be sold out of state prior to your death or they go to the government to be destroyed, with no financial restitution. That is a taking folks and is unconstitutional.

      Throw in the ammo background check card, which by the way can be revoked for any reason, not just a felony conviction, and you can’t get ammo for the guns which you need to register. Repair kits for magazines will be outlawed if the Skinner bill passes.

      What we are seeing before us is a complete removal of our 2nd amendment rights in California. There was no constitutional consideration given for restitution or anything else.

      Also @JohnW Please reference the latest USA today. No guns were involved in the latest domestic spat. He is in the middle of a divorce from his wife and tempers flare. Initial reports were inaccurate.


      Daniel Silverman
      California State Coordinator – http://www.GunRightsAcrossAmerica.com
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    • Elwood

      @ 1

      There now seem to be at least two versions of what actually took place.

      Mrs. Z has recanted her story.

      He should at least wait until after he buys her the life insurance policy she’s demanding to pop her.

    • Devon k

      Again none of these bills will do anything to stop a criminal that has gotten a hold of an illegal firearm which by the way will probably not be registered to him or her or the high cap magazine in it again which will not be turned in to authority’s which is illegal he or she will still hurt or kill someone all these politicians are not concentrating on the real problems there creating bills that will only hinder the citizens who abide by the law they have no idea what there doing just trying to look like they do my hat is not off to them way to go keep infringing on the peoples rights and you will be voted out and replaced

    • MichaelB


      It’s “business as usual” in California.

      The leadership of the Democratic Party and most of its members never supported the 2nd Amendment to begin with.

      I would not be surprised to see Jerry Brown sign all of these bills that pass while still claiming that he “supports” the right to bear arms. New regulations will supposedly be “modest”, “sensible”, “for the children” or “just an inconvenience” for honest people.