The California legislature is currently considering a host of gun laws none of which would appreciably increase public safety. I support sensible gun legislation, but California legislators prefer to go after gun owners by the death of a thousand cuts.
The goal seems to be to put so many restrictions on law-abiding gun owners that many will just give up.
The two bills most likely to get to the Gov's desk first are AB 711, a ban on lead ammunition, and AB 231, a gun owner liability insurance bill.
The lead ban is silly, since hunting with lead shot is already banned for waterfowl, who ingest lead feeding in marshes. A wide-reaching ban on lead bullets alreay exists in the range of the California condor. The purpose of AB 711 appears to be to drive up the cost of shooting and hunting (and hence discourage these activities). Non-lead ammunition is always more costly, often prohibitively so.
AB 231 makes gun owners strictly liable for any harm or injuries which are the result of the discharge of a firearm. Up to $10,00 or $25,000 (depending on which section applies) maximum in addition to other monetary penalties allowed by law. So, if you never "accidentally" shoot out your neighbor's porch light you're good to go.
What this bill does which really chaps my hide is create a new criminal offense of "negligent storage in the 3rd degree." It can also be called the "what if...." crime.
Under this section, you are guilty of negligent criminal storage of a firearm "if it is possible" that someone under 18 could POTENTIALLY get their hands on it without your permission. Actually "getting their hands on it" is irrelevant. The crime is committed if it is "reasonably POSSIBLE." So we will now have anti-gun cops & DA's deciding if gun safes are good enough on a case by case basis because it "might be possible" that the neighbor kid could come over to borrow a cup of sugar while the safe is open and the kid could POSSIBLY get his hands on a gun unsupervised.
Very bad bill which will pass via supermajority and be sent to the governor even though most of the state's LEO's and DA's oppose it.
Naturally, all these bills carry felony penalties to add gun owners to the vast numbers of bogus felons created by our stupid drug laws.