Bill would add responsibility for some gun owners

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation requiring gun owners to lock up their weapons if they live with a person who is legally prohibited from owning a firearm.

Democratic Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood said the requirement is similar to an existing law requiring that guns be locked up if children are in the home.

SB363 includes increased penalties if a person prohibited from owning a weapon finds an unsecured gun and uses it to injure or kill someone.

The state’s list of people who cannot legally own weapons includes those who have a felony conviction, a violent misdemeanor, a determination that they are mentally unstable or a domestic violence restraining order.

The Senate approved the bill 36-0 without debate Thursday, sending it to the Assembly.

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