California lawmakers approve package of gun-control bills
California lawmakers on Wednesday approved a package of five gun control bills that include a measure to expand the state’s gun restraining law allowing courts to confiscate guns from people judged to be a danger either to themselves or others.
While current gun control laws allow only police and family members to seek a court order take away firearms from the person in question for a period of up to one year; the new bills would allow mental health professionals, school administrators, teachers, employers and co-workers also to file a petition with the court for gun-possession restraining orders.
Arguing for his gun restraining law bill, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting invoked Wednesday’s fatal shooting occurred on the UCLA campus.
Seeking support for his bill, Ting said, “Right now the rights that I care about are the rights to go to school and not get shot. I don’t want to walk into my office and worry that I may be gunned down. Today’s shooting at UCLA was the 186th [school] shooting since Newtown, Conn., in 2012.”
But opponents like Sen. Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) called the bill an “overreach,” arguing that any such law would be infringing on 2nd Amendment rights.
The package of gun control bills, which were introduced in response to the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 people last December, will now go to the Senate for consideration.
A homeowner in Southeast Portland shot and killed an intruder early Thursday morning, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Department said in a news release.
Air cargo carrier Cathay Pacific Airways announced on Thursday that it would launch twice a week service to Portland, offering a new route for Asia-bound exports.
A motor vehicle accident occurred Tuesday morning in Litchfield claimed two lives and left a teenager injured, the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office confirmed.
Sightings of motorcyclists zipping through traffic and splitting lanes are not rare in heavily populated cities like Los Angeles.
California State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Office has confirmed that subpoenas have been issued to oil refiners as part of its investigation into unusually high gasoline prices in the state during last year.
A California bill designed to change how schools in the state retain and fire teachers fell short in its first legislative vote on Wednesday.