BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Gun laws have seen significant changes across the United States in 2024, with dozens of new laws being implemented. California Attorney General Rob Bonta recently announced that over 20 bills related to firearm regulations were signed into law in 2021 and 2022. These new laws aim to address concerns about public safety and responsible gun ownership.
One of the key changes includes blocking individuals with concealed carry permits from bringing firearms into sensitive locations such as churches, bars, and parks. This measure seeks to minimize the risks associated with the presence of firearms in places where large numbers of people gather. Additionally, individuals are now limited to purchasing only one gun within a 30-day period, as opposed to being able to purchase multiple firearms in a shorter time frame.
Another noteworthy change is the requirement for licensed firearms dealers in California to include audio surveillance in their security systems. This measure, known as SB 1384, was implemented to enhance the overall safety and surveillance measures within gun stores and prevent potential illegal activities.
While these changes have been met with mixed reactions, Jacqueline Thome, owner of a local gun store, raised concerns about the potential contradictions within some of the new laws. Thome emphasized her belief in responsible gun ownership and the need for mental health and background checks. However, she questioned the imposed limitations on citizens’ ability to purchase firearms while simultaneously advocating for increased safety measures and awareness.
The increase in gun laws comes in the wake of numerous mass shootings across the United States. In 2023 alone, the country witnessed a staggering 656 mass shootings, surpassing the number of days in a year. This alarming statistic has amplified the national conversation surrounding gun control and the effectiveness of legislation in preventing such tragic events.
It remains to be seen how these newly implemented gun laws will impact gun-related incidents and public safety moving forward. Advocates argue that stricter regulations and limitations on firearms will lead to a safer society, while critics express concerns about the potential infringement on individual rights. Despite the divide in opinions, it is clear that gun laws in the United States are undergoing significant changes in an effort to address the complex issue of gun violence.