A number of state lawmakers are pushing for stronger gun control laws. At the end of the session in June, Democrats rallied in favor of a new legislative package. It includes laws that would require people seeking to purchase a gun to clear a mental health evaluation and pass a drug test, with both being certified by a doctor. A second law would require potential gun owners to take a five-hour gun safety course, complete a live firing test, apply for a hunting license, and show proof that they have a safe storage depository for the firearm.
Republicans are critical of the bills. Many prefer stronger enforcement of the state's current laws on illegal gun ownership. Assemblymember Demond Meeks sponsors the latter bill. He joins us to discuss gun safety and the package of bills he hopes will become state law. Our guest: