Beating the NRA

(Steve supporting Holden High School Students Against Gun Violence)

STANDING UP TO THE GUN LOBBY. Steve wrote the bill to ban the "bullet button," which gun makers had invented as a way around California's ban on semiautomatic assault weapons. But that's not all. Since he first stepped foot in the Senate, Steve has been a leader in taking on the NRA to reduce gun violence in California.


Strengthening Gun Violence Restraining Orders 

  • Voted to extend the duration of Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) to a maximum of five years. (AB 12)
  • Voted to allow an employer, coworker, employee or teacher to file a petition requesting a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO). (AB 61)
  • Voted to hold any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued in another state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction was issued. (AB 164)
  • Voted to require local law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs). (AB 339)

Regulating the sale of guns and ammunition

  • Voted to prohibit the sale of semiautomatic centerfire rifles to any person under 21 years of age and to restrict applications to purchase more than one semiautomatic centerfire rifle in any 30-day period.(SB 61)
  • Voted to prevent individuals from selling large numbers of firearms without a license by limiting the number of unlicensed annual sales to 5 transactions or 50 firearms. (SB 376)
  • Voted to require packaging for firearms to contain a warning statement on suicide prevention. (AB 645)
  • Voted to require the licensing and regulation of vendors who sell “precursor parts” of firearms (gun barrels and other essential firearm components). (AB 879) 
  • Voted to apply the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors.(AB 1669)
  • Voted to require any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.(AB 1297)
  • Voted to prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. (AB 1297)

Preventing Gun Violence before it happens

  • Voted to increase funding to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations, including churches, mosques, and synagogues, that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission. (AB 1548)
  • Voted to increase grants to help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence. (AB 1603)
  • Voted to establish the Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis to develop education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death. (AB 521)