On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would’ve imposed the strictest laws on gun ownership in the country.
“I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights,” Gov. Brown wrote in the message accompanying his veto.
The bill was one of 17 gun-related bills before the governor at the moment.
An attorney for the National Rifle Association told the San Francisco Chronicle that the bill “was, without a doubt, the most egregious piece of anti-gun legislation ever brought to a governor for his signature.”
Paul Song, executive chairman of the Courage Campaign, told the Chronicle that he believes this is an attempt by Gov. Brown to assuage centrist voters as he runs for re-election. He accused the governor of “cowardly behavior” and said he “will have blood on his hands.”
Brown did, however, sign two other guns bills, one of which banned kits that allow people to turn regular ammunition magazines, another which banned the use of lead bullets in hunting.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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