California Senate passes tough gun-control package

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Senate on Wednesday approved a package of seven gun control bills.

The measures include a requirement that Californians who want to sell and buy ammunition submit personal information for a background check to determine whether they have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.

Purchasers would have to show their driver's license or other ID at the time they buy bullets.

The Senate also approved a bill that would outlaw the sale, purchase and manufacture in California of semiautomatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines.

Other measures would ban the possession of ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets, and regulate mechanisms, called "bullet buttons," that allow the quick replacement of ammunition magazines on semiautomatic rifles.

All the bills next go to the Assembly for consideration.

LOS ANGELES — A 22-year-old Disneyland employee has been arrested in connection with the detonation of a so-called dry ice bomb in the park's Toontown, Anaheim police said Wednesday.

Long Beach resident Christian Barnes, an outdoor vending "cast member," was booked on suspicion of possession of a destructive device and is being held in lieu of bail of $1 million.

The explosion in a trash can on Tuesday forced the evacuation of Toontown. No one was injured.

Police described Barnes as a vendor who peddled sodas and water on a mobile cart. They did not give a motive for the incident.

PENDLETON — Despite revenue of more than $3 million last year from Oregon's signature rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up is struggling to cover its property tax bill.

The Round-Up Association expects to fall at least $50,000 short of its November payment, which was $110,900 in 2012, the East Oregonian reported.

The Round-Up took over the rodeo grounds from the city in 2009 because it needed collateral for a bank loan to renovate the grandstands. But it has since struggled to cover its property taxes.

Compiled from wire reports

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