Monday Must Read: Feinstein Pushes to Close Gun Loopholes; But Assault Weapons Ban Seems Unlikely


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Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposed federal gun control law is even stricter than California’s, the Chron reports. Feinstein’s legislation is based on California’s assault weapons ban, but seeks to close loopholes that have allowed gunmakers to sell weapons in the state that are similar to the ones that are on the banned list.

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2. But an aide to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hinted strongly over the weekend that an assault weapons ban had virtually no chance of being enacted, The Wall Street Journal reports. Instead, the gun control legislation, at best, would “limit the capacity of ammunition magazines, would expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and other private transactions; and would require better record keeping to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illnesses. It would also try to curb gun sales in states with more relaxed gun laws to buyers in states with stricter laws.”

3. Governor Jerry Brown is once again calling for the elimination of enterprise tax zones that allow cities to offer tax breaks to businesses that operate in “blighted” areas, the LA Times reports. Brown, who used the tax subsidies to attract businesses to Oakland when he was mayor, contends that the definition of “blighted” is too broad and that the zones cause some cities to try to poach businesses from other communities.

4. Unions in California spent at least $85 million on two ballot measures in the November election, the Merc reports, citing the latest campaign finance reports. Labor spent $65 million to defeat Prop 32, a measure that would have stripped unions of their political power in California, and spent $20 million in support of Prop 30, the governor’s tax proposal.

5. And state legislators are pushing to change California law in order to reduce the use of toxic flame-retardants in insulation, the Chron reports.