California already has the most restrictive gun laws in the America. Buying a handgun requires registration, a safety certificate, a 10-day waiting period and a rigorous background check. All direct person-to-person sales are banned and concealed-carry permits are not issued in the most populated counties, rarely issued in most others. 

Yesterday Democrat lawmakers introduced legislation to restrict the right to keep and bear arms even further.  Given Democrats have a two-thirds super majority in both chambers, which means they have the power to pass legislation and get constitutional amendments on the ballot without a single Republican vote, these measures are expected to pass. 

Almost any idea that anybody in this country has, as to further regulate and limit access to weapons or ammunition, is probably going to get passed in California, said Democrat strategist and USC law professor Susan Estrich. 

Some politicians want to regulate all ammunition sales, requiring background checks and annual permits. 

One Republican lawmaker wants a lifetime ban on gun ownership for anyone whos ever been ruled a danger to others because of mental health issues, even if theyve been successfully treated. 

Among the measures is one that would outlaw the future sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. The restriction would prevent quick reloading by requiring bullets to be loaded one at a time.

Lawmakers also want to make some prohibitions apply to current gun owners, not just to people who buy weapons in the future.

Like New York, California also would require background checks for buying ammunition and would add to the list of prohibited weapons.

Those buying ammunition would have to pay a fee and undergo an initial background check by the state Department of Justice, similar to what is required now before buyers can purchase a weapon. Subsequent background checks would be done instantly by an ammunition seller checking the Justice Departments records.

The legislation also would ban possession of magazines holding more than 10 bullets, even by those who now own them legally. All weapons would have to be registered.

California routinely redefines and bans so-called assault weapons, outlaws selling high-capacity magazines, limits the number firearms purchased, forbids open carry and has strict BB gun and toy gun regulations. 

Ever-evolving regulations stand an excellent chance of passing because not only is the legislature controlled by Democrats but so are the states top offices. Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown outlawed the open carrying of long guns in California cities, while State Treasurer Bill Lockyer wants the states public employee funds to stop investing in companies that make certain guns. 

Californias big and powerful teachers pension fund, CalSTRS, took the first step in that direction on Wednesday. 

Gun store owners worry about the economic impact of the kind of ban Yee is proposing, because it would outlaw some of their best-selling models. 

Bill Sharff, owner of STS Guns outside Sacramento, showed Fox News an AR-15 rifle deemed California legal. He said: If this gun were to be declared an assault weapon, it would in all likelihood put us out of business.  Thats the idea Bucko. MOVE TO ARIZONA OR NEVADA ASAP!

Gun owners say lawmakers are chipping away at a constitutional right, not to increase safety or reduce the risk of violence, but to assert power. 

They know that as long as there is armed populace in the state, they will never control the people the way they want to, contends Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. 

Advocates for gun rights are vowing to lobby state lawmakers in Sacramento, rally citizens across the state, and take their fight to court if need be. Today Second Amendment civil rights supporters will be rallying at state capitols across the country, including California.