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California kicks off 2020 by cracking down on gun laws

Posted at 7:46 PM, Jan 01, 2020

Many are hoping to start 2020 off with a bang, and the state of California is aiming to make it a safer year for everyone.

Most of the gun laws going into effect this year are not necessarily new, but rather adaptations or additions to current legislation.

Governor Gavin Newsom, a strong advocate for gun control signed many bills taking effect this year.

Starting January 1, Senate Bill 61 prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from buying a semi-automatic rifle, even if you have a hunting license.

That same bill prohibits Californians from buying more than one semi-automatic rifle in a 30 day period starting July 1.

"The shootings... they are always going on and I have no idea what the solution is. Outlawing guns is an attempt but like I said the bad guys always get the guns they want," said Frank Sullivan, a San Luis Obispo resident.

Another bill that has taken effect is Assembly Bill 164 which says anyone banned from buying a gun in any other state will also be automatically banned from buying one in California.

"I think it is a good idea to have the laws and put in as many deterrents as possible... as well as education and outreach," said Karen Arrona, a San Luis Obispo resident.

Starting September 1, Assembly Bill 61 will allow employers, coworkers, and teachers to seek a gun-violence restraining order.

If granted by a court, it will then allow police to take away the gun from the person making the threat.

Those here on the Central Coast are hoping the new laws will make for a safe and joyous 2020.

"Lets just hope for a safer year and for things to slow down a little bit," said Arrona.

Those purchasing a gun in the near future will also have to pay the state more in fees... $38.19 to be exact.

Another law could grant funding to non-profit organizations to increase security if they are found to be considered high risk groups due to their mission or purpose.