Jul 01, 2022
California adds new restrictions on ghost guns, marketing firearms to minors: "Guns are not toys"
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, which already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, has added new restrictions on untraceable "ghost guns" and on marketing firearms to minors, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.
"As the Supreme Court rolls back important gun safety protections and states across the country treat gun violence as inevitable, California is doubling down on commonsense gun safety measures that save lives," Newsom said in a statement announcing that he had signed the two bills a day earlier.
Ghost guns, the privately made weapons without serial numbers, are increasingly being tied to violent crimes. Their proliferation has prompted President Joe Biden's administration to come up with new regulations to crack down on them.
Under the new law, California now requires parts used to build firearms to have serial numbers, and gives Californians who have weapons without serial numbers until January 1, 2024, to register them and add the numbers.
Starting in January 2023, anyone convicted of manufacturing a firearm without a serial number, or aiding the manufacture of a firearm by a prohibited person, will be barred from possessing a firearm for 10 years.
"Ghost guns have wreaked havoc in communities all over the state and in particular have disproportionately affected the state's Black and Brown residents," said Kris Brown, president of Brady, a national gun control group.
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But Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, said California lacks a clear definition of what constitutes a ghost gun kit.
He predicted the new law will be overturned based on the tougher standard set last week by the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark firearms ruling that said Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.
Newsom also barred marketing firearms to minors, with a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation. It allows people harmed by violations to sue for damages.
The governor, a Democrat, also released a video blaming U.S. Supreme Court justices and right-wing Republicans for allowing what he called the "disgusting marketing" of "weapons of war."
"Guns are not toys - they are deadly weapons," said Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, who sought the restriction.
But Paredes fears the law endangers youth camps that include target shooting or firearms courses. It violates free speech, he said, predicting it also will be overturned.
The laws, which take effect immediately, are among more than a dozen gun control bills that legislators sent to Newsom before they left Thursday for a monthlong summer recess.
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Sacramento settles with parents of Stephon Clark, unarmed man killed by police, for $1.7 million
The city of Sacramento will pay $1.7 million to the parents of Stephon Clark, who was shot to death by police while holding a cellphone in 2018, to settle the final portion of a lawsuit filed by Clark’s family, officials said Friday.
Clark, 22, was killed March 18, 2018, when Sacramento police fired 20 shots, striking him at least seven times. Officers had chased Clark to the backyard of his grandmother’s home after receiving reports of vandalism, and said that he advanced on them while holding a firearm.
Clark was holding a cellphone at the time.
Investigations by local, state and federal agencies found that the shooting was within Sacramento Police Department policies and state law.
In 2019, the city settled part of the lawsuit brought by Clark’s family by providing $2.4 million to his two children, leaving his parents as the sole remaining plaintiffs, according to a later court ruling.
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“The decision to resolve the case through a negotiated agreement comes after careful consideration of all options,” Sacramento City Atty. Susana Alcala Wood said in a news release Friday. “We believe this is the best path forward for all involved parties including our community.”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called Clark’s death “a tragedy that brought pain and sorrow to his family and to our entire city.”
“Everyone wishes this heartbreaking event had not occurred. A family lost a son, a grandson, a brother and a father,” Steinberg said in the statement.
The shooting garnered national attention and sparked massive demonstrations in Sacramento.
The protests helped spur the passage of Senate Bill 1421, a police transparency law that requires the release of personnel records in law enforcement shootings, and Assembly Bill 392, which raised standards for when officers can use deadly force.
The Sacramento Police Department also made changes in the wake of the shooting, including updating its body-camera and foot-pursuit policies “as well as development of a comprehensive use-of-force policy,” the city said.