The Senate has killed Assembly Bill 1810 by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, which would have allowed the state to keep permanent records of anyone buying a shotgun or rifle.
Such records are already required for handguns.
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca supported the proposal, arguing that it would increase the safety of law enforcement by closing a loophole in state law, according to a Senate analysis. Other backers included the police chiefs of Chico, Davis, Fresno, Santa Ana, West Sacramento and several other California cities.
The bill was opposed by the National Rifle Association, the Gun Owners of California, among other gunowners associations, as well as the sheriffs of Kern, Mariposa, Mendocino and several other counties. They argued that such a requirement would increase administrative costs without reducing crime.