California lawmakers pass new semi-automatic weapons ban

FILE: Handguns are displayed.

FILE: Handguns are displayed.  (AP)

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown several bills that would tighten the rules for gun ownership, including new storage and education requirements and adding limits for people with mental health issues.

AB500, which passed the Assembly, would require gun owners to safely store weapons when they live with someone who cannot own a weapon because of mental illness or a criminal record.

The Assembly also gave final approval Tuesday to AB1131, which would prevent people who convey a serious threat of violence to a licensed therapist from owning a gun for five years.

Senators passed SB683, which extends safety certificate and safe handling requirements to include rifles and shotguns. They also approved SB299, requiring firearm owners to report lost or stolen weapons within seven days.