Booster Seat, Handgun Laws To Go Into Effect Jan. 1

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several new state laws will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. Some of the most notable include new regulations for booster seats, sobriety checkpoints and handguns.

Drivers will soon have to buckle all children under the age of eight into a child safety seat or a booster seat.

The new law, which also applies to older children who are too small to wear regular seat belts, is intended to increase a child’s chance of surviving a major crash by 45 percent.

Police will also no longer be able to automatically impound vehicles at sobriety checkpoints if the motorist’s only offense is driving without a license.

Critics say the current law unfairly targets undocumented workers who cannot afford to get their cars back.

California will also become the fifth state to ban the open carrying of handguns in public.

Guns rights activists say this violates the second amendment, but proponents say it will help protect peace officers who are unable to determine whether a gun is loaded.

  • bluesguitar777

    I’ve never understood how a state or the Federal Government can make laws which clearly contradict and go against the Constitution (incl Bill of Rights). It just kills me…

    • Paul Castillo

      So do you mean to tell me that everything that was relavent in 1776, is just as relaventtoday?

      • *

        Our forfathers knew that the constitution was suppose to be set in place as long as the US was the US – I think they knew what they were doing, and the way it was established was suppose to grow with us as a nation, and if we continued to follow those rules as they were set in place the way they were meant to be used and continued to apply them that way – I think anyone could see how they fit right into everyday life. But people keep trying to change the interpretation of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights , so the way its presented isnt the way it was intended… IF we would follow the rules the way they wrote them to begin with – the way they were meant to be used….things would be alot better in our country……

      • Ken

        That’s a stupid-*ss question. What’s relevent is that there’s still a 2nd amendment (which you have demonstrated by your question) that you don’t know jack about. The 2nd amendment was meant for personal as well as group protection for insuring against what the original colonists had to go through the first time around in order to eliminate the bonds of monarchy. In short, in case some jagoff (or a collection of them such as most of the current congressional makeup) decides that they want to treat people anyway that they want, there’s a sure-fire (no pun intended) way to get them the hell out the leadership position that they were mistakenly elected into in the first place. If they won’t desist in their abuse of the people, and they won’t leave office willingly, then the 2nd amendment is the means by which the majority can help the thieving SOBs end their tyranny.

    • Echo Kilo 21

      The liberal moderator won’t let anyone post anything about other countries or the people who come here illegally.

    • marie

      I’ve never understood how a state, city, county can go AGAINST Federal Law for select offenses but turn away on others….. you either enforce the law or not, you cannot pick and choose

  • John

    What a bunch of hooey! Apparently the Child Safety “Booster Seat” industry has a more powerful lobby than one would have immediately thought. Now let’s do something about the idiots who text/talk on the phone whilst transporting their precious juvenile cargo, whether in a child seat or not!

    • Someone is to blame

      time to sue the car makers for unsafe seat belts

  • *

    I understand the safety of car seats – even booster seats – but when have an 8year old that is nearly 4ft tall – or taller which i have seen in some cases – seems it would be more dangerous to have them in the booster seat than in a seat belt….Not sure what the rules are exactly with the bigger children – but my children were taller and bigger at a young age – not heavy – just tall…. If I would have tried to put my son in a booster seat at that age – it wouldnt have fit him properly at all …..

  • ginny

    Guess I don’t need to renew my drivers license this coming year. Oh wait, don’t think I can get away with that, I’m white, speak english and am a legal citizen. Dang.

  • RayDawg

    Diddo. I still have to renew my registration, license, and auto insurance. It must be nice not to obey the law.

  • Contra Costa Open Carry

    With one hundred and sixteen (116) distinct exemptions it would behoove law enforcement to make sure they know the law(AB 144) before they try and take action against any law abiding open carry advocate.
    It is not up to us to prove we are innocent, it is up to them to prove we are not. If not, each and every false arrest could lead into a Federal Civil Rights violation.
    We will be working with our local law enforcement to ensure that they are placed on notice of the actual provisions of AB 144 so that they cannot claim a lack of knowledge of the law as an excuse for false arrests, unlawful seizures, or even injuries or deaths.
    It is our hope that all law enforcement will be willing to work along side us in this.

  • Jose Gutierrez

    Does that also apply to anchor babies?

  • Charles Nichols

    Not only do gun rights activists say a handgun ban is unconstitutional, so does self-described Constitutional scholar Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-43) who then proceeded to vote for the ban. It is also unconstitutional according to the California Legislature back in 1967 when it passed the law requiring openly carried firearms to be unloaded. A law, by the way, the legislatures intended to apply only to the Black Panthers and similar left-wing militant groups.

    A handgun ban is also unconstitutional according to the United States and California Supreme Courts which have both held that states may ban concealed carry but not the Open Carry of handguns in public.

    A Federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn the 1967 ban on openly carrying a loaded firearm in public. When the injunction is issued, California’s ban on openly carrying an unloaded handgun becomes irrelevant.

  • MyKeyD

    I’m horrified by the action of or Governor and state officials on the subject of banning open carry. I don’t see how banning right are going to keep us safer. ” the right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed”. I don’t see how “bare” was misinterpreted and now we are getting infringed upon. This is clearly a law the should have any grounds. The U.S. Amendment aren’t some fairy tale, but a paper that shown what the people of a struggle of freedom from an over controlling wanted. There is no way that the citizen should be grounded by their government. Our forefather are truly the inspiration of what being a human with a dream is all about. And showing us that where a government that has control of it’s people and everything else, can’t work. How were doing now is reverting back to a government controlled society, were yes also religion is the over factor of everything else. We should all know that the government works for the people, we don’t work for them. This banning of open carry will not be rolled over, be as a nation are rising, It’s not right that just because one group of people don’t like something, that we all must lose an essential right to live. Like is a group of people didn’t like what the news was hashing out, that our government should decide that we aren’t going have that right of freedom of press anymore……FCC.

  • Mike Alright

    Can California just fall into the ocean already. I wouldn’t miss any of you.
    Especially the feminist Michael Savage.

  • rankin1

    Disappointed with NRA< GOC and cops,none did aggresasive resistance to stop Jerry and the cops fron enacting the open carry ban,w e need a mass protest, not writing letters to politicans, am not renewing my membership with the 3 mentioned.

    • Charles Nichols

      The NRA/CRPA/SAF/CALGUNS all support a ban on Open Carry. Something they don’t brag about to their dues paying members but are all too eager to say in their lawsuits seeking concealed carry permits.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Sandwich Generation

Listen Live