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AR-15 rifle with a "bullet button." (CBS)

Gov. Brown Vetoes Centerpiece Bill Putting New Restrictions On Gun Ownership

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.

10/11/2013

A California-legal AR-15 clone (FAR-15) with a 10 round magazine. Other notable features include pinned and welded muzzle brake, forward assist, "Bullet Button", collapsible stock, and Aimpoint CompM4 (sight optic) mounted on the top rail. (Igor at work/Wikimedia Commons)

Bill To Ban ‘Bullet Button’ Awaits Gov. Brown’s Signature

A bill sitting on the governor’s desk could finally close what gun control advocates describe as a huge loophole in California’s assault weapons ban. A KPIX 5 investigation first raised the issue more than a year ago, prompting Senator Leland Yee to introduce the first version of the legislation.

10/09/2013

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AR-15 Stolen From San Francisco Police Car Found In Oakland

An assault rifle stolen from an unmarked San Francisco police car has been recovered in Oakland, according to police.

03/05/2013

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Fallout In Sacramento Over Bill To Ban ‘Bullet Button’

A CBS 5 investigation prompted Bay Area State Senator Leland Yee to close what gun control advocates called a giant loophole. But the effort to ban the so-called “bullet button” became a bureaucratic mess and eventually fizzled out.

09/25/2012

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Colorado Massacre Prompts Renewed Push For California ‘Bullet Button’ Law

The Colorado movie massacre could mean major changes for gun owners in California. State Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who introduced a gun control bill after watching a CBS 5 investigation, is about to make that bill much tougher.

08/06/2012

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‘Bullet Button’ Supporters Intensify Campaign Against State Sen. Yee

California’s strict gun control laws are under fire as a result of a CBS 5 investigation. The debate over a device called a “bullet button” has the state’s top cop dodging our questions and one lawmaker receiving threats.

07/12/2012

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California Law Enforcement Unclear On Legality Of ‘Bullet Button’

California’s gun laws are so complicated, even many police departments don’t know how to interpret them. Case in point: the story of Mark Haynie.

06/21/2012

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‘Bullet Button’ Used To Get Around California Gun Laws

Every time California tightens up the assault weapons ban, the gun industry finds a way around it. The latest example involves a tiny device.

05/01/2012

A Vallejo police cruiser. (CBS)

Should Calif. Cops Turn In Assault Weapons They Own At Retirement?

After a bloody incident 15 years ago, California lawmakers allowed police officers to arm themselves with high-powered guns. But the rule didn’t consider what happens when an officer retires.

03/01/2012