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Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

Lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have acted on bills that tackle firearm safety and add rules for ammunition sales.

The Senate on Friday unanimously passed SB505 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara. It would require officers to search the state's database of gun purchases when checking on whether someone may be a danger to themselves or others.

Jackson says searching the gun database could help prevent tragedies such as the May shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her bill now goes to the governor.

The Assembly approved a bill creating a way to better track ammunition.  SB53 by Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles requires ammunition vendors to be licensed and people buying ammunition to pass background checks.

It passed 42-26 and returns to the Senate.

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