Mark DeSaulnier

Brown vetoes gun-control bills

Brown vetoes gun-control bills

SACRAMENTO — Declaring that California already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed bills that would have further limited gun ownership and the sale of semiautomatic rifles.

The Democratic governor, a gun owner who hunted in his younger days, said the proposals went too far and would have infringed on the rights of hunters and marksmen without making Californians safer.

Many of the bills had been introduced after last December's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

Among Brown's vetoes was a proposal that had been a top target for defeat by the National Rifle Assn....