VC Star: Senators advance gun-control measures

April 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers moved forward Tuesday on a package of bills designed to again give California what Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called “the most comprehensive gun legislation in the nation.”

The Senate Public Safety Committee approved what backers called the Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement, or LIFE, Act, an array of eight bills designed to expand the state’s assault weapons ban, require that ammunition purchases include a background check, ban the possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and broaden the number of criminal offenses that would trigger a prohibition on gun ownership.