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New California legislation limits the assault weapon

The governor of California recently signed legislation that imposes brand new assault-weapon restrictions and regulates ammunition sales in the state. This action strengthens California's reputation for having some of the strictest gun regulations nationwide. The new law concerning use of an assault weapon was signed in reaction to mass shootings that recently took place in the southern part of the state and elsewhere.

Governor Jerry Brown signed six measures while vetoing five others that he felt were too regulative. He said he chose to sign the bills to improve public safety through tightening the state's existing laws. At the same time, he said his goal was to protect law-abiding weapon owners' rights.

Back in 1989, California became the first state in America to place a ban on assault weapons. According to the recently enacted laws, people cannot possess high-capacity magazines -- or magazines that hold over 10 ammunition rounds -- for assault weapons. Another measure banned any semiautomatic weapon featuring bullet buttons, with which a person can more quickly and easily remove a magazine and then replace it with another one.

Weapons laws in California have become more complex, including those involving use of an assault weapon. It is increasingly difficult for gun owners to know whether they are in violation of certain laws, though professional help is available to clarify laws and individual responsibilities. Those facing weapon charges have the right to explore all of their legal options alongside an experienced criminal defense attorney. With the right representation, it may be possible to get certain charges reduced or dismissed entirely. 

Source: The New York Times, "California Governor Signs Legislation Limiting Assault Weapons", Adam Nagourney and Ian Lovett, July 1, 2016

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