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Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill raising the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns in the state to 21. The new law brings statutes regulating those firearms in line with state restrictions on handguns, which are also limited to those over 21.
Brown also signed other legislation that imposing a lifetime gun ownership ban for people convicted of domestic violence or deemed mentally dangerous, and increasing access to court orders that could disarm dangerous gun owners.
Here's a look at the new legislation:
"As a dad and senator, I am very grateful to Governor Brown for his leadership in signing this important bill," Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who introduced the age limit legislation, said in a statement. "I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses."
But the governor didn't sign off on all the proposed bills expanding California's already strict gun control laws. Brown vetoed a bill aimed at limiting the number of rifle and shotguns that could be legally purchased in a month, and another that would have banned gun shows.
Still, gun control laws can be complicated. Contact an experienced attorney if you have any questions.
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