Brown Signs Bill to Grant Licenses to Undocumented; Gun Control Laws Pending

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday that grants drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, while a number of gun control measures are pending approval.

The driving permits will be available starting in 2015. Legislative analysis predicts that 1.4 million undocumented immigrants will apply for the license.

Legal driving privilege is the latest in a number of victories for illegal immigrants in California. A 2011 law gave them the right to apply for public financial aid for college. Another gave driving permits to undocumented workers permitted under federal law.

Brown held off signing the licensing legislation for years, saying it was a patchwork solution to the larger problem of immigration law, which he’d hoped Congress would tackle. That didn’t happen, clearly, so he opted to sign Assembly Bill 60, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). AB 60 requires the license carry a mark distinguishing it from a regular one.

Decisions on 14 prospective gun laws should come any day now. Gun rights advocates on Thursday dropped off 67,000 letters at the Capitol asking Brown to veto the legislation.

“California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and these 14 measures are particularly onerous,” legislative advocate for the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees Craig DeLuz said to the Sac Bee.

Senate Bill 374, introduced by Sen. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), prohibits detachable magazines in rifles. Assembly Bill 711, penned by Rep. Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), bans lead ammunition. These, among other bills, were written in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign the bills. The NRA has threatened to sue if he passes some of them.

Jennifer Wadsworth is the former news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Follow her on Twitter at @jennwadsworth.


  1. I am new to the Gun world , Mainly because Mayor Reed has decimated Public Safety. So because I know the streets of San Jose , I have started getting Gun training. I am also in the process of purchasing a handgun.
      So The gun laws that are currently in place (  the strictest in the nation) are a bit perplexing for me. In my very humble opinion , the only thing gun laws do is make it harder for the law abiding citizen to protect themselves . Because honestly , I have never met a criminal who cared even a little bit about gun laws. Criminals do what they want , till they get caught. So why am i being restricted in my ability to protect my family and my home?

  2. Once an idiot, always an idiot.  I hate the Merky news but it seems to get it right today.  Be careful what you wish for!

  3. >  the only thing gun laws do is make it harder for the law abiding citizen to protect themselves .

    It’s trite, it’s repetitious, it’s hackneyed.

    But it is SO TRUE!!!

    “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

    In all of politics, there is no slogan which is so concise, so accurate and so truthful, that there really is no intelligent response.

    Yet the Jerry Brown’s and Dianne Feinstein’s just plow ahead like the mindless morons they are, look into the TV cameras like the proverbial deer in the headlights and mumble phrases that all boil down to “I can’t hear you” and, “I’m going to make you do it my way because I can.”

  4. By the way, the Murky News ran a front page story alleging that the recall of Gray Davis “changed nothing.”

    I think this is a signal from the ruling class establishment that they are anticipating a recall effort against Jerry Brown, presumably over the gun control bills that he signs into law, and that the establishment is trying to “pre-sell” the notion that recall elections are a bad idea.

    In other words, “you little people out there, there is nothing you can do.  You’re screwed.  Get used to it.”

  5. Talk about not valuing a gift you’ve been lucky enough to receive. Used to be American citizenship meant something. Now I guess Brown and the Dem legislature think of us as nothing more than a bunch of people who happen to live in the same area.

    • > Now I guess Brown and the Dem legislature think of us as nothing more than a bunch of people who happen to live in the same area.

      A number of years back, I heard a commentator characterize this attitude thus:

      “They look at America as just a cheap hotel room”.

      Nowadays, they think that they shouldn’t even have to pay for the hotel room.