>> Gun control, when do we want it? Now!>> Less than a year after a teen used a rifle to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, California is cracking down on gun sales. Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of bills into law Friday that aim to prevent such tragedies, including raising the minimum age to buy rifles and shotguns to 21.
The Democratic governor also signed legislation that bans firearm possession for people convicted of serious domestic violence charges. And people who have been hospitalized for mental health problems more than once in one year. Another new law makes it easier for police and family members to take guns away from people believed to be dangerous.
Military and law enforcement officers are exempt from the laws. The changes will go into effect January first in a state that already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Lawmakers said many of the bills were spurred by a wave of activism in response to the Florida massacre.