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'This is a historic day': California lawmakers send governor sweeping gun control package

'This is a historic day': California lawmakers send governor sweeping gun control package

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown an unprecedented package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms.

In the wake of massacres in San Bernardino and Orlando, Fla., the flurry of legislative action once again puts California in the lead among states regulating firearms, and in stark contrast to inaction in the gridlocked Congress, officials said.

“I don’t know how much more blood needs to be spilled in our schools, in...

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