LA City Council Votes To Back Calif. ‘Long Guns’ Database

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to support a statewide effort to require records of purchases of shotguns, rifles and other “long guns” be preserved like handgun purchase records.

Under current law, the state is required to destroy records of long-gun purchases five days after the transaction.

Assembly Bill 809, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman and former Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Feuer, would treat the records the same as records for handguns, beginning in 2013.

“We need to be cognizant of the fact that one-third of the crime guns in California are long guns,” Feuer told the City Council on Friday.

“What this will do is provide law enforcement with an important tool to engage in the tracing of illegal weapons trafficking.”

Feuer said it would also allow law enforcement heading to the scene of a domestic violence dispute know if there’s a long gun in the house.

Gun rights advocates are expected to oppose the bill.

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  • Rich

    Dang, I’m glad I don’t live in that granola state. Home of fruits and nuts. Isn’t this a violation of Federal law??

  • E2H4

    One word: Morons!

    This will do nothing to deter crime. It will, however, create more expensive bureaucracy. Canada tried this, they admitted it did nothing to prevent or solve crimes, and it cost them a ton of money. Apparently the LA City Council is too stupid to learn from others mistakes.

    Enough with ever increasing gun laws California.

  • Aj

    budget crisis and this is wat our tax paying dollars at work here. “lets introduce more gun laws to stop crime then find more jobs for the unemployed and fix the budget”.

  • Jayson Cee

    It never fails to surprise me that the California mentality (or at least the LA City Council) seems to be: “Let’s spend MORE money we don’t have, to fix a problem in a uniquely bad manner, with no consideration about WHERE this money will come from…” So glad I don’t live in CA- WA isn’t as loosely wrapped (Close, but not nearly as ignorant) Good Luck California: You need it.

  • Bob

    This is the first thing you need to worry about whenever you allow any type of registration of firearms. I suspect that when the law was passed for handgun registration the people were told that it would never apply to anything else. Now they want to add long-guns to the law. Next it will probably be knives and then anything else that can remotely be considered a weapon. As far as providing LEOs with the info about whether a gun is in the home or not, the Police already storm all houses as if the occupants were armed for WWIII as it is so that won’t make any difference at all except maybe getting some law abiding citizen murdered by the LEOs.

  • Cruiser

    What a waste of time and money. When are they going to learn that we really need to get rid of guns. We need to have a no gun law, even police should be banned from guns.

    • MNTom

      take your liberal attitude and move to a country where they already have banned guns if that is what you want. You are unAmerican. As for me and my family we will keep ours. Only thing between us and the criminals. The police only show up after the crime to put up the yellow tape and draw a chalk line.

    • G

      Spoken like a true lliberal victim.

    • cruiserhater

      you’re an idiot, you think criminals would follow a no gun law? all it would do is take guns out of law abiding citizens hands. Cocaine is illegal to everyone, but does that mean it doesnt exist. You would vote to take away a good persons best way to defend themselves and their family. Laws only apply to law abiding people, not criminals, thats why they are called outlaws. take guns away from police? omg… u should be slapped, u want want a badguy to steal a cops wallet at gunpoint.

  • Ed

    God, that picture is hilarious. The cop is scowling so hard, trying to look like “WE GOTTA GET THESE DANGEROUS WEAPONS OFF THE STREET” while brandishing an obsolete side-by-side shotgun. Yeah, criminals really want only two shots. The whole while the cop is violating rule #2 of gun safety, he’s got his finger on the trigger. It’s probably only a matter of time until he accidentally shoots himself, a coworker, or a bystander with his service weapon. This article is about the wrong kind of gun control, they should discuss this with the guy they tell “LOOK TOUGH FOR OUR ARTICLE” first. Sheesh.

    • theskeptical1

      I couldn’t tell if this doofus was trying to look tough or was just constipated. After magnifying the image I could read his name tag, which says “BAUER”. This was a real surprise, since I was certain it would say “FIFE”. And I’ll bet that stupid dipstick has no clue as to just how idiotic he looks.

  • guest

    Ok, gang members don’t buy their guns from a gun dealer to begin with. But as long as there is a purchase record for the gun, you can trace back to who it was stolen/bought/borrowed from at least. That is a major clue in any crime. You people who want to be soft on gun regulations and hard on crime have a world in mind with more prisons than we can afford…

  • MNTom

    Glad I moved out of that God forsaken state in 1985. Worthless liberals should all fall into the ocean. When is the earthquake happening.

  • Gary

    Another attack on the law abiding citizens by the Peoples Republic of California. How about this, how about we use the money that would be spent on this useless bill, and put it toward actually catching criminals and kepping them in prison. Oh yeah, I forgot this Crazyfornia, we protect our criminals and our morons, and keep safe in our state office. What was I thinking.

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