Declaring that California already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills that would have further limited gun ownership and the sale of semiautomatic rifles, the Los Angeles Times reports. The governor, a gun owner who hunted in his younger days, said the bills would have infringed on the rights of hunters and marksmen without making California safer
Many of the bills were proposed after December’s school shootings in Newtown, Ct. Among the bills vetoed was one targeted for defeat by the National Rifle Association. It would have banned the manufacture, import and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines. It would also have required those who already own such guns to register them. Brown approved a ban on hunting with lead bullets, a requirement that rifle owners undergo safety training and a ban on assault-weapon permits for businesses and gun clubs.