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State lawmakers sense opportunity for new gun-control measures

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades.

But the proposals in California, which range from regulating ammunition sales to increasing safety at schools, may not seem so pressing to Gov. Jerry Brown.

California has earned a reputation for being tough on guns. It currently bans the sale of assault rifles and magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Wednesday the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school should serve as a catalyst for closing loopholes and limiting access to large numbers of bullets even more.

He expects the Democratic-controlled Legislature to strengthen gun control this year but not match New York's law.


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